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What does Meriel mean?

Meriel Pronunciation of Meriel [meriel] as a girls' name is pronounced MARE-ee-al. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Meriel is "sea nymph; shining sea". Originally from Normandy and Brittany in France since the 16th century, with the meaning "sea nymph" from "mer" (French for the sea) and "eriel" (Breton for nymph). In the 18th century it went across the English Channel and became Muriel. In Ireland, it is Gaelic for "shining sea". Also related to Muireall, the Scots Gaelic form of Muirgheal. See also Mariel.

Associated with: irish, sea, nymph (goddess), shining (light), 16th century, 18th century.


Meriel has 6 variants: Merial, Merielle, Meriol, Merle, Merrill and Meryl.

Related girl name: Mary.

11 more relations via Mariel, Muriel: Marial, Marieke, Mariela, Mariella, Marielle, Mariet, Marilla, Marlele, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

Creative forms:
(female) Marel, Meaiel, ..

(male) Merima, Mermel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Meriel Zadie (M.Z.), ..

How popular is Meriel?

Meriel is an uncommon first name for females. Meriel is also a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Mary (#124 in recent rankings), Mariella (#1433), Mariela (#1560), Marielle (#1808), Mariel (#1839), Muriel, Meryl, Marilla, Merle and Merrill are the prominent related forms of Meriel (outside Top 2000). These relations of Meriel reached the apex of their popularity 135 years ago (usage of 8.2%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.2%, 98% less). (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mariel, Mariela, Mariella, Marielle, Marilla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mary, Merle, Merrill, Meryl, Muriel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Meriel is pronounced similarly to Marell, Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merill, Merrall, Merrell, Merrielle, Merril, Merrile, Merryl, Meryle, Meryll, Mirell and Mirielle. Other suggested similar names are Aeriel, Aeriela, Aeriell, Ariel, Auriel, Avriel, Beril, Cariel, Ceciel, Gerie, Jeriel, Loriel, Maribel, Maricel, Maridel, Marie, Marien, Marilee, Marilu, Marivel, Marlea, Marlee, Marley, Marlie, Marvel, Medie, Merced, Mercer, Mercey, Mercie, Meriam, Meribel, Meridel, Meris, Merl, Merla, Merola, Merree, Merrie, Merrilee, Merrili (see Merry), Merrily, Mersey, Mirilla, Morela, Murle, Myrilla, Myrle, Oriel and Terie. These names tend to be more frequently used than Meriel.

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