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Ariel (girl)

What does Ariel mean?

Ariel Pronunciation of Ariel [ariel] 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.

Associated with: lion, biblical, jerusalem (israeli), literary, spirit, modern, little.


Ariel has 11 variants: Aeriel, Aeriela, Aeriell, Arie, Ariela, Ariele, Ariell, Ariella, Arielle, Ariellel and Ariellia.

1 masculine form: Ari.

Creative forms:
(female) Aniel, Ayiel, ..

(male) Aral, Arielo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ariel Jaylani (A.J.), ..

How popular is Ariel?

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)

Ariel was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #66 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #137. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ariel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ariel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Aeriel, Arie (#1937 via latest list), Ariela (#1453), Ariell, Ariella (#401) and Arielle (#352) are the popular related forms of Ariel (#137 via latest list). These forms of Ariel reached the peak of their popularity 24 years ago (adoption of 0.4%) and are somewhat less common today (adoption 0.3%, down 32%). Ariel is the continual favorite, although Ariella seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ariel, Aeriel, Arie, Ariela, Ariell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ariella, Arielle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ariel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ariel is pronounced similarly to Arelle, Aural, Aurel, Auriel, Aurielle, Auriol, Eiriol, Orel, Oriel, Orielle and Oriole. Other suggested similar names are Abiela, Abigel, Abril, Adel, Adie, Adrie, Adrien, Agie, Akiela, Alie, Amel, Amie, Amiee, Amil, Angel, Aniela, Anjel, April, Aprill, Arabel, Arbela, Arbell, Ardea, Arden, Arela, Areli, Arely, Aren, Ari, Aria, Ariah, Arica, Aricela, Ariceli, Arika, Arin, Arina, Ariya, Ariza, Arlea, Arlee, Arlen, Arlet, Arley, Arlie, Armen, Arrie, Artie, Arwen, Avie, Aviela, Avrie, Avriel, Avril, Avrill, Cariel, Grisel, Grizel, Jeriel, Loriel, Mariel, Meriel, Muriel and Orbel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ariel.

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