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What does Muriel mean?

Muriel /mur-i-el/ 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.

Associated with: irish, sea


Muriel has 7 variants: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

Related girl names: Marilla, Merle, Meryl and Mary.

Muriel has 1 masculine form: Merrill.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Marel, Murier, ..

(male) Murdel, Murield, ..

How popular is Muriel?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Muriel for girls. Muriel reached its highest rank of #132 in the U.S. during 1920-1929, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Muriel are Mary (#120 from recent data), Meryl, Merle, Marilla and Merrill. These relations of Muriel were at the apex of their popularity 134 years ago (adoption of 8.2%) and have become much less common since (adoption 0.2%, down 98%).

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

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

Similar Names


Muriel is pronounced similarly to Marell, Marial, Mariel, Marielle, Maryl, Meral, Merel, Merielle, Merill, Meriol, Merrell, Merril, Merryl, Meryll, Mirell and Mirielle. Other recommended names are Aeriel, Ariel, Aurel, Auriel, Auriol, Avriel, Cariel, Jeriel, Lauriel, Loriel, Maribel, Maricel, Maridel, Marie, Mariela, Mariella, Marien, Mariet, Marilee, Marilu, Marivel, Marlea, Marlee, Marley, Marlie, Marvel, Maurie, Meribel, Meridel, Merl, Mirilla, Morela, Murle, Myrilla, Myrle and Oriel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Muriel.