What does Muriel mean?
Muriel [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.
Muriel has 1 masculine form: Merrill.Creative forms:
(female) Morel, Murrel, ..
(male) Murdel, Murield, .. Middle name pairings:
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)
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, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. 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%).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.