Meaning and Name Origin
Ariel \a-riel\ 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.
Ariel is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#830 out of 1220, Top 68%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#58728 out of 88799, Top 66%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Ariel and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Ariel (#738 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 is Ari (#441 the previous year). These boy names were at the top of their popularity in the year 2007 and are somewhat less popular today, with the version Ariel becoming less fashionable. Ari (#441) is the most trendy birth name here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.