Aracoeli is the original Latin spelling of Araceli
. I think
in church Latin it is "air-ah-CHAY-lee", with the middle syllable rhyming with the start of words like "chase" or "chain".
The name means "altar of heaven" in Latin. It originally referred to a site on the Capitoline hill in Rome where there was a temple to the god Jupiter
. After Christianity triumphed, the temple was replaced by a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary
, but the name "Aracoeli" was retained. Aracoeli and Araceli
became female given names as an example of devotion to the Virgin Mary
, just as other place names with shrines dedicated to her, such as Pilar
, and Montserrat
, also became female given names.