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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.
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.
Popularity of Ariel
Ariel is a very popular first name for females (#1113 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of Ariel name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Ariel with its variant forms and related girl baby names.