What does Muriel mean?
Muriel \m(u)-riel\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Muriel) is pronounced MYUR-ee-el. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Muriel is "sparkling, shining sea". First used in the Middle Ages. Novelist Muriel Spark.
Muriel has 1 masculine form: Merrill.
Muriel is a very popular first name for females (#410 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#19480 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Muriel for girls. Muriel reached its highest rank of #132 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Muriel are Mary (#120 last year), Merle and Meryl. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.6293%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.22%, down 65%), with the forms Merle and Muriel becoming less fashionable. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of the girl name Muriel and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Muriel▼ is pronounced similarly to Marial, Mariel▼, Merel, Merill and Meriol. Other recommended similar baby names are Auriel, Mariela▼ and Murle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Muriel.