Gender: Feminine
Origin: Scottish
Meaning: “invokable”
Eng. (air-uh-BEL-luh)

A popular female name in Medieval Scotland it is derived from the Latin orabilis meaning “invokable.”

The name was borne by Lady Arabella Stuart (1575-1615) was a Scottish noblewoman who had been considered a successor to Queen Elizabeth I.

Currently, Arabella is the 386th most popular female name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Arbella (English: archaic)
  • Orabel (English: archaic)
  • Orable (English: archaic)
  • Orabilis (Latin)


solitude-in-brugesGender: Masculine
Origin: Danish/Norwegian
Meaning: “from Flanders.”

He has a modern surname appeal but is actually derived from the Old Norse male name Flaemingr meaning “from Flanders.” In recent years, it has remained a staple in Denmark and is occasionally used in the other Scandinavia countries, though rather sparsely. Other forms of the name include Fleming and the Icelandic Flemmingur. Its designated name-day is October 16. The name is borne by Danish news journalist Flemming Rose (b. 1958) who sparked controversy in 2005 when he commissioned drawings of the prophet Muhammad in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.