Home > Muriel


What does Muriel mean?

Muriel Pronunciation of Muriel 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. Also form of Mary.

ASSOCIATED WITH Mu-, irish, sea


VARIANTS Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella, Murielle

SEE ALSO Marilla, Merle, Meryl




Muriel Hana (M.H.), ..

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)

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, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Muriel are Mary (#124 FROM RECENT DATA), Meryl, Merle, Marilla and Merrill. These relations of Muriel were at the apex of their popularity 135 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 sound-alike 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.

See names
in meaning and etymology.