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Benjamin and Arabella

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LouisaMay Fri 05-Apr-13 09:04:29

Am expecting a girl and had a thread a while back about Sophia, Claudia and Rosa but am now thinking about Arabella as well and think it may be edging into first place for various reasons! I think we would use the full name maybe shortening to Ella if at all. My one concern is that our son is called Benjamin but we call him Ben and if our daughter became known as Bella (eg. at school or something - I know you can't always control nicknames!) would it be ridiculous to have a Ben and Bella sibling set? Or would it not matter as we wouldn't call her Bella, only Arabella or Ella. Really love the name Arabella and it's been really hard to find something that goes with our surname and isn't off limits for some other reason, so I don't really want this to put us off but I don't want people to think it's ridiculous!

What do you reckon? (please no negative comments about the name Arabella per se as we love it!) What other nns could you get from Arabella?

everlong Fri 05-Apr-13 09:35:01

Arabella is beautiful. I like the nn Bella and Belle.

I also love Benjamin but really don't like Ben. It is possible not to shorten a name. I have a Gabriel that is never Gabe or Gabey. You just have to keep on top of people shortening it.

monica77798 Fri 05-Apr-13 12:05:50

Arabella, Ella, and Bella are all nice names. I don't think that Bella would be a problem regarding Ben. They sound quite good together.

thewarmestowl Fri 05-Apr-13 12:13:56

I think Ben and Bella are quite sweet together (and they are only really going be a "sibset" for the first few years of their lives anyway).

You could also shorten Arabella to Ari or Ara?

strawberrypenguin Fri 05-Apr-13 12:16:49

I like it smile don't think Bella would be a problem with Ben either.

LouisaMay Fri 05-Apr-13 15:37:28

Thanks for your responses. Glad you don't think it's a problem. Am loving Arabella more all the time - really think it's the best name we've found for our slightly prosaic surname!

thermalsinapril Fri 05-Apr-13 15:37:55

How about Annabella, nickname Annie?

SnowLeopard27 Fri 05-Apr-13 16:21:22

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CrapBag Fri 05-Apr-13 21:09:46

Ooo Arabella, love it! Also always loved Claudia but there is no way DH would have gome for that.

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 06-Apr-13 04:46:43

Ben and Bella (if that does become the nn) is fine - don't let sibling names dictate things too much. As thewarmestowl says, they're only paired up as siblings for such a relatively short amount of time, and out on their own as independent adults for far longer. smile

I know a lovely little 18MO blonde Arabella (nn Belle/Bella) - it is a very pretty name.

ParmaViolette Sat 06-Apr-13 05:22:21

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LouisaMay Sat 06-Apr-13 06:53:02

Thanks everyone that commented on the Ben and Bella issue, very helpful, having had your input I don't think I will let that put us off smile. Parma-if you read my op I didn't ask for comments on the name itself! But thanks anyway, I know some people think it's a posh name (whatever that means) and am not bothered!

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Sat 06-Apr-13 08:31:23

To offset that, for what it's worth, I don't think sounds clunky in the least; the opposite in fact - more lilting and melodic.

Everyone's perception is their own - there's no right or wrong. smile

ISeeNoReasonForBandage Sat 06-Apr-13 08:46:27

I think Ben and Bella rolls off the tongue quite well. People will take their cue from you, so if you always say Arabella, so will everyone else IMO.
Disclaimer - have an Arabella nn Ella so am v.v. Biased grin

ParmaViolette Sat 06-Apr-13 09:49:29

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BoyMeetsWorld Sat 06-Apr-13 12:40:13

Its on my list too smile and we plan to shorten to Belle or Bo.

It is a 'marmite' name which is fine by me - some will love it, some hate it which means its unlikely to turn up in top 100 & plenty of nn options if she's not keen in future

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