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May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 09:36:09

Hi we have a little girl due in May and we have been talking a lot about names recently. We both love the name Arabella which we would team with the middle name Rose (I know Rose is quite common but it's got a lot of meaning to me and I'm keen to stick to that middle name) what are your thoughts on the name Arabella Rose ? We would likely shorten Arabella to Belle (I prefer Belle to Bella) please honest opinions. Thanks : )

Rachel234561 Sun 27-Dec-15 11:19:47

Prefer Isabella. Dont hate Arabella though. I know loads and loads of Bellas, Belle's, isabellas, isobels etc etc etc.. If that doesn't bother you go for it.Xx

calzone Sun 27-Dec-15 11:20:40

I love it!!

ImperialBlether Sun 27-Dec-15 11:21:43

It's really lovely.

Arfarfanarf Sun 27-Dec-15 11:23:13

I like it.

DiscoDiva70 Sun 27-Dec-15 11:23:38

Lovely unusual name!

afreshstartplease Sun 27-Dec-15 11:25:56

Love it!

missmargot Sun 27-Dec-15 11:26:22

I like it, it was on my list had DS have been a girl.

YeOldeTrout Sun 27-Dec-15 11:28:57

Rose as 1st name very uncommon.

DurhamDurham Sun 27-Dec-15 11:29:29

I'm not so keen but that might be because I didn't like the Arabella in Jude the Obscure, I've only ever met one other and she seemed nice enough grin

I quite like Belle.

May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 11:30:43

Thank you : ) Yes I do worry about how common bella has become and I'm really not all too keen on 'Bella' I just really loved Arabella for some reason. I do like Belle too and don't think it's as common as Bella?

Paddletonio Sun 27-Dec-15 11:33:08

Quite nice but I prefer annabel. The thing that seems odd is it is just Arab with Ella on it.

May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 14:15:02

Oh yes I'd never thought of it that way paddletonio. Oh no, I hope I don't rapidly go off the name as its the only one both my husband and I can agree on! : )

Indole Sun 27-Dec-15 14:23:18

Arabella is lovely. I am mystified by the love for Annabel and Isabel (plus variants) that seems to abound on MN, though!

May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 14:28:46

I know what you mean indole. Annabels and Isabel's seem to be having their moment at the moment. This sort of put me off the name Arabella as I didn't know if it was too similar to all the popular 'Bella' names but I'm hoping its just a little more unusual?

Christmascheerful Sun 27-Dec-15 14:28:52

Arabella is a gorgeous name love it. Known as "belle" lovely! Congratulations flowers

AverageSnowflake01 Sun 27-Dec-15 14:31:32

I've considered Arabella and my grandmothers name was Rose. Arabella Rose sounds lovely.

anotherbusymum14 Sun 27-Dec-15 14:33:43

I like it smile

May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 14:38:22

Thanks everyone. Thinking we may stick with Arabella Rose then. Hopefully we don't go off it in the next 4 months! 💓

HeadfirstForHalos Sun 27-Dec-15 14:42:39

I like it. I see it more as Ara Bella if you spilt it, would never have seen it as Arab Ella. Love Rose too, it was on our list for dd2, we went with Rosie in the end but she does get cakes Rose sometimes smile

BendydickCuminsnatch Sun 27-Dec-15 14:42:44

Belle is lovely, Arabella is just not my taste, too frilly and usual. Belle is really sweet though. Rose as a middle name is ordinary. Go a bit wild with the middle name!! grin

omri Sun 27-Dec-15 14:48:14

I think it's beautiful. Just so you know - It's the name of ivanka trump's daughter.

May2016baby Sun 27-Dec-15 15:39:19

Thanks everyone! I had seen that ivanka trump had a daughter with that name. Hopefully not too many people know that! : )

AnnaBegins Sun 27-Dec-15 15:46:49

I like it and love the nickname belle.

peggyundercrackers Sun 27-Dec-15 15:47:31

If your going to shorten it to belle why not just use that? Don't see the point of giving the child a long name then using the short version.

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