What does Ariel mean?
Ariel /ar-i-el/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used more regularly as girls' name Ariel) is pronounced AR-ee-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ariel is "lion of God".
Biblical place name for Jerusalem. Also the scriptural name for a place in Sumeria. Literary: Shakespeare gave this name to a prankish spirit who can disappear at will in "The Tempest". The name has otherwordly connotations, and though Shakespeare's Ariel is male, it is more frequently used for girls in modern times. Israeli statesman Ariel Sharon.
How popular is Ariel?
Ariel is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#830 out of 1220, Top 68%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#46331 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ariel for boys. Ariel was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its highest position of #361 in the U.S. in 1991, and is at #738 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
The only other prominent variation form of Ariel (#738 the previous year) is Ari (#441 the previous year). These boy names were at the top of their popularity in the year 2007 (usage of 0.4695%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4105%, down 12.6%), with the version Ariel becoming less fashionable. Ari (#441) is the most trendy birth name here. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Ariel and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Ariel▼ is alike in pronunciation to Aurel, Orel, Oriel, Orrel and Uriel▲. Other suggested similar baby names are Abiel, Abriel, Adiel, Adriel▲, Amiel, Ardel, Arien, Aries, Arlea, Arley, Arlie▼, Arnel, Asiel, Aviel and Azriel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ariel.