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Ariel meaning and name origin
Ariel \a-riel\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 11 variant forms: Aeriel, Aeriela, Aeriell, Arie, Ariela, Ariele, Ariell, Ariella, Arielle, Ariellel and Ariellia.
Baby names that sound like Ariel are Auriel and Oriel.
Popularity of Ariel
Ariel is a very popular first name for women (#1113 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Ariel for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Ariel with its variant forms and related girl baby names.