Arabel seems to be a shortened form of Arabella, an English and Scottish female name of uncertain origin. It may be derived from Latin orabilis meaning “yielding to prayer” from Latin orare (to pray, beg; to orate) derived from a PIE root word. It’s also possible that Arabella is a variant of Annabella, a variant of Annabel which is a variant form of Amabel, the Medieval English feminine form of Amabilis, a Late Latin male name meaning “lovable, worthy of love”.
Arabel is also similar to the word arable, a term used in agriculture for land fit for being plowed and raising crops. It comes from Latin arabilis made up of arō (plow) and –bilis (able to be)
- Arabell (English)
- Arabelle (English, French)
- Arabella (English Scottish)