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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.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ariel name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Arie, Ariel, Ariella, Arielle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.