Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#19032 out of 88799, Top 21%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Muriel and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Muriel listed in the Top 1000 are Mary (#120 last year), Merle and Meryl. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 and have become much less popular since, with the forms Muriel and Merle becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.