Top 100 baby names number 91
I thought it would be fun to look at the top 100 boys and girls names from last year. I will be doing a series on these with their meanings. Enjoy!
Today we have the number 91s - Arabella and Leon - one obscure and one simple.
You may see some places describe Arabella as coming from orabilis, from the Latin, meaning ‘given to prayer’. Certainly the early written records of aristocratic Arabellas in medieval Scotland sometimes also called them Orabella or Orabilia. However, there’s some evidence that this is not the real origin. For starters, Arabella isn’t a widely used beyond Great Britain. The Latin influence being so broad we’d expect Arabellas and related names everywhere if this was a name with a true Latin root. So Arabella could, some speculate, be an adaptation of the Celtic òr a bheul meaning "golden mouth". Or it could be related to Amabel which is of Latin origin and comes from amabilis or lovable.
Leon is originally a Greek name meaning, of course, lion. The related Latin name is Leo. The earliest example of a Leon in historical records is King Leon of Sparta who ruled between 590 and 560 BCE. Lions symbolise courage and nobility, so if these are qualities you want for your child, you may