What does Ariel mean?
Ariel \a-riel\ 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.
Ariel has 1 masculine form: Ari.
Ariel is a very popular first name for females (#1113 out of 4276, Top 26%) and a slightly less popular last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799, Top 66%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Ariel for girls. Ariel was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top rank of #66 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #133. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Ariel and related names. Arie, Ariella (#386 a year ago) and Arielle (#339) are the popular related forms of Ariel (#133 a year ago). These girl names are at the peak of their popularity today, except for the form Arie which has become less in vogue. Ariel (#133), Ariella (#386) and Arielle (#339) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Ariel▲ is 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.