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pinWhat does Muriel mean?

Muriel /mur-i-el/ [2 sylls.] 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 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: Marriel, Miriel, Myriel. [more]

pinHow 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. 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)

Top 1000 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 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Muriel, Mary, Merle, Meryl in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

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.