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What does Ariel mean?

Ariel [ar-i-el] 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.

Associated with: lion, biblical, literary, modern.


Ariel has 12 variants: Aeriel, Aeriell, Airel, Airyel, Airyell, Arel, Ari, Arie, Ariell, Arik, Aryel and Aryell.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aral, Arielo, ..

(female) Arili, Arli, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ariel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ariel outside U.S.

Prominent variation forms of Ariel (#738 from current records) are Ari (#441 from current records), Arie and Arik. These forms of Ariel were popular 1 year ago (usage of 0.06%) and have remained as common to this day (usage 0.05%, 8.6%). Ari is the most trendy birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ariel, Ari, Arie, Arik in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ariel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Ariel is alike in pronunciation to Aurel, Erol, Errol, Erryl, Oral, Orel, Oriel, Orrel and Uriel. Other suggested similar names are Abdel, Abiel, Abiell (see Abiel), Abriel, Acie, Adael, Adeel, Adel, Adiel, Adriel, Adrien, Akil, Aksel, Amel, Amiel, Amil, Amyel, Anael, Angel, Aniol, Anjel, Ansel, Ardel, Ardell, Arden, Ares, Arian, Aric, Arick, Arien, Aries, Arin, Ario, Aris, Arius, Arjen, Arlea, Arley, Arlie, Armen, Arnel, Arnell, Arnet, Arney, Arnie, Arren, Arthel, Artie, Arvie, Aryeh, Asael, Asiel, Askel, Aviel, Avrel, Avrill, Axill, Azreel, Azriel, Doriel, Guriel, Itiel, Jeriel, Muriel, Niel and Poriel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ariel.