Little Bella has captured the hearts of our family and everyone that meets her. We want to share her story with all.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

What does her name mean?

Arabella Michele Hope Turpin


Pronunciation: air-ah-bell-ah
Meaning: beautiful grace, answered prayer

There are two possible origins for the name Arabella. It may be a variation of the name Annabella or Annabel, which is formed from the names Anna, a Hebrew name meaning "grace," and Bella, from the Latin for "beautiful." In Scotland, Annabel was pronounced as Arabel, and eventually elaborated to Arabella.

The other possible source for the name is the Latin word orabilis, which means "prayerful" or "invokable." Based on this source, one interpretation of the name is "answered prayer."

Arabella has two mothers. The amazing part is both of us are named Michele. Both of us even spell it the same, with one l.

To follow tradition, Arabella has a one syllable middle name just like her sisters.
Rebecca Lynn, Samantha Lee, Jessica Ann, Elizabeth Mae, Abigail Lili Joy, and now Arabella Michele Hope.

1 comment:

Caleb T Ricks said...

Well, I am certainly excited and think that she will be a beautiful and wonderful addition to the giggle gaggle of Turpin girls. I love that her middle name will be Michele - I think it is perfect!