What does Ariel mean?
Ariel \a-riel\ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Ariel) is pronounced AYR-ee-ul. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ariel is "lion of God". Biblical place name for Jerusalem. Literary: Shakespeare gave the name to a prankish spirit in "The Tempest". Ariel was also made popular in modern times as the name of the mermaid in Walt Disney's cartoon feature film "The Little Mermaid". Arielle is a modern coinage.
Ariel has 1 masculine form: Ari.
Ariel is a very popular first name for females (#1113 out of 4276, Top 26%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#46331 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ariel for girls. Ariel was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top rank of #66 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #133. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Ariel and related names. Arie, Ariella (#386 a year ago) and Arielle (#339) are the popular related forms of Ariel (#133 a year ago). These girl names are at the peak of their popularity today (usage of 0.5355%), except for the form Arie which has become less in vogue. Ariel (#133), Ariella (#386) and Arielle (#339) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Ariel is pronounced similarly to Aurel, Auriel, Auriol, Orel and Oriel. Other suggested similar baby names are Arela, Areli, Arely, Arlea, Arlee, Arley, Arlie▼ and Avriel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ariel.