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 is a somewhat popular first name for males (#830 out of 1220, Top 68%) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#58728 out of 88799, Top 66%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ariel for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ariel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ari (#441) and Ariel (#738). (2014 statistics).
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. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ariel.