Anabella or Arabella

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Registered: 02-20-2012
Anabella or Arabella
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 6:09pm

I love the following girl names but don't know if I am overlooking any issues/problems that may occur in the future.

Please give your input on

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Registered: 11-04-2009
Tue, 02-21-2012 - 4:24pm
I prefer Arabella, I think it is a very pretty choice! The one thing I think that will probably come up is for it to be pronounced Air-a-bella instead of the intended way you would like of *Are*.

My issue with Anabella is that it looks like it is missing an n. Again, where I live it would be pronounced Anna-bella even spelled the way you chose.

~April, Mom to son Jory, 23 and boy/girl twins, Alex and Haley, 11

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Registered: 12-19-2011
Wed, 02-22-2012 - 10:25pm

I prefer Annabella. To be honest, I prefer Annabelle. I find both Annabella and Arabella have a "fussy" feel to them, and that's more pronounced for me with Arabella.

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Registered: 01-07-2004
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 1:58pm

hello!! while i love both names, i really perfer arabella. i have a friend whos dd is anabella-she calls her ellie or just el. i thought that was a different nickname than bella, bell or annie. arabella is very pretty and unique. between the 2-that would be my choice.

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Registered: 09-15-2007
Thu, 02-23-2012 - 7:29pm

I agree with April- I think you are going to get some pronunciation issues.

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