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.
There is 1 masculine form of Muriel: Merrill.
Muriel is a very popular first name for females (#410 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19032 out of 88799, Top 21%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Muriel for girls. Muriel reached its highest rank of #132 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Muriel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Mary (#120), Muriel, Merle and Meryl. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
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.