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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 7 variants: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

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

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)

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

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

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)

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 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.