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.
There is 1 masculine form of Ariel: Ari.
Ariel is a very popular first name for females (#1113 out of 4276, Top 26%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799, Top 66%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ariel for girls. Ariel reached its highest rank of #66 in the U.S. in 1991. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ariel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ariel (#133), Arielle (#339), Ariella (#386) and Arie. (2014 statistics).
Ariel▲ is also 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.