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Meaning and name origin

Muriel \m(u)-riel\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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 variant forms: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

For more information, see also related girl names Marilla, Merle, Meryl and Mary.

There is 1 masculine form of Muriel: Merrill.


Muriel is a very popular first name for females (#410 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19032 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Muriel for girls (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Muriel name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Muriel and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary, Merle, Meryl and Muriel. (2015 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Muriel is also pronounced similarly to Marial, Mariel, Merel, Merill and Meriol. Other suggested similar baby names are Auriel, Mariela and Murle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Muriel.


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