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I think this is a beautiful name with a great meaning.
picajay  12/22/2019
Why isn't it Ari cay yee. Which would be the pronunciation of two Ls in Spanish. I love the name. I did know an Aricella once. My husband is a professor with students named Aricelli with that pronunciation (Ari selee).
anniefromedh  3/2/2019
It is a lovely meaning, but I honestly don't find it very pretty.
kayisforkeen  8/24/2018
My name is Araceli. Growing up all I knew was I was named after "Our Lady of Araceli" whose feast day is July 10, the day I was born. On my 50th birthday I searched the origin of my name and was so happy to learn that it meant 'Treasure' and 'Altar in Heaven'. Now I felt so blessed to have been given this name.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2018
The meaning is simply stunning.
SecretSociety  6/6/2018
Looks similar to Rachel. But much more unique and less harsh, and obviously not related at all.
Hushpuppy  1/13/2018
Araceli is my name. I prefer to be called cheli by my family members.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2017
The name Araceli was given to 247 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/17/2016
Quite a lovely name with beautiful imagery as far as the meaning goes.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
A character from the Mempo Giardinelli novel Sultry Moon.
Dray  2/17/2013
In Spain, this name is used most frequently in the province of Córdoba, in which Lucena is located, where the Virgen de Araceli is the patron saint.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2012
I know a single woman by the name of this... and I must admit, it took me a considerable amount of time to decipher what her name was (she had an accent), as I had never before heard of it.

The meaning and written-name is very deceiving; who would have thought that such a beauty on paper would be so hideous to the ear?
Both of the pronunciations ("SEH"/"THEH") sound like a toddler with a lisp attempting to pronounce it's older sibling's name.

Ultimately... I find it very infantile, unattractive, and tasking to take it seriously. (Particularly in an English-speaking country.)

If "Araceli" were an Italian name, it would be mountains more alluring and elegant-- the pronunciation would flow and please.
Francesca  1/19/2012
In Rome there is a lovely and interesting church, Santa Maria in Aracoeli (Saint Mary of the Altar of Heaven). Saint Helena, mother of Constantine the Great is buried there, and so is Queen Catherine of Bosnia. If your name is Araceli, I hope you get to visit Rome one day, and soak up some of the history associated with your name.
Nom de Plume  9/27/2011
I like this name best pronounced 'ah-rah-SEL-ee'. It's some of my favorite sounds: 's', 'l', 'ee', etc. Plus the meaning's cool.

And... I thought in classical Latin, it'd be pronounced 'ah-rah-KEL-ee', not 'ah-rah-CHEL-ee', though I do prefer the latter. I like 'sel' best, but 'chel' is growing on me. So I guess what I'm saying is, the only pronunciation I don't like is (what I thought was) the classical Latin one! =) But I could be wrong about that anyway.
― Anonymous User  2/13/2011
You are right. When I last posted comments on this name, I hadn't known that there existed two pronunciations of Latin, and the one I was familiar with (the one in which the third syllable of this name has a "chay"/"chey" sound) was the Ecclesiastical pronunciation of Latin. The Reconstructed Classical pronunciation would make it a "kay" sound (with a hard K, unlike what I said in a previous comment).

Suffice to say, therefore, that my order of preference (which has not changed) for the ways of pronouncing that third syllable goes thus (from least-liked to favourite): "kay" (Reconstructed Classical Latin) > "chay" (Ecclesiastical Latin) > "thay" / "say" (Spanish).
seraphine_eternal  3/21/2012
I think this name looks very interesting. I, too, am a fan of a vowels. I pronounce it ara-sehl-ee and ara-chay-lee. I think they both sound pretty.
Book_Reader22  2/1/2011
This is my name and I love it. Where I live, there are not many people with my name and there are always pleasant reactions when I introduce myself. I pronounce it with a "seh" rather than a "ch".
Adyst  11/15/2010
I'm not quite sure what Seraphine was talking about, but this name is pronounced Ah-rah-seh-lee, not with a 'ch' sound. Well, at least that's the Spanish pronunciation of it.
wichita_falconer  7/26/2008
I meant that, if the name comes from Latin (the quite-dead language, not the Latin Americas), I'd give it its Latin pronunciation, which would mean pronouncing the third syllable with a "ch" sound (not as in the hard K sound but as in the word "cheese"). That is what ruins the name for me. But I'm okay with the coexistence of other pronunciations. The Spanish one sounds more graceful, definitely - no jarring "ch" sound in there to mar the effect.
seraphine_eternal  10/15/2010
While this name contains many vowels (a feature of many of those names that I DO take a liking to), the "ch" sound (the 'celi' or 'caeli' element should be pronounced as 'chay-lee', if this is a Latin name) ruins this name for me. Also, where I come from, a word that sounds like the syllable "chay" is used when others don't take your idea seriously (they say "chay" - not you - when it happens). So I personally wouldn't use this name. I'd rather combine the same elements from another language to name a daughter - but (no offense) for a snooty and insensitive story character, I might just consider.
seraphine_eternal  6/15/2008
In Italy, it is pronounced Ah-ra-CHEE-li.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2008
I think this is a really beautiful name.
Renthead13  1/12/2008
I really like this name. I wouldn't consider it for one of my children though.
Dessa  4/9/2007
This is one of the most beautiful names that you could possibly give your daughter. I'll definitely consider it!
― Anonymous User  12/3/2006
Araceli Valdez is the real name of a very beautiful Texan actress Ara Celi.
audreyhubley  8/29/2006
I believe that the name can also be pronounced "ayr-a-chel-ee" or "ah-ra-chel-ee". It is the name of a character in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Kiesha'ra series.
websurfer  5/28/2006
I believe ah-rah-CHEL-ee would be the Italian pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  8/11/2007
Araceli is my sister's name, but she prefers to be called CHELI, which is the popular nickname for Araceli in Mexico.
― Anonymous User  3/24/2006
The Latin word "ara" can also mean "plow" or "to plow", thus ARACELI would be a "plower of the skies".
TEQUILAworm  6/1/2005

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