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Meaning and name origin

Ariel \a-riel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 has 12 variant forms: Aeriel, Aeriell, Airel, Airyel, Airyell, Arel, Ari, Arie, Ariell, Arik, Aryel and Aryell.

Ariel is also pronounced similarly 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.


Ariel is a somewhat popular first name for males (#830 out of 1220) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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