Name: Ariel

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ariel

  • Meaning:
    Lion of God
  • Origin:
  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (AYR ee el); (AH ree el)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Ariel)
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Miscellaneous Info for Ariel

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  • Used in:
    English and Hebrew speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Ariel is generally regarded as the masculine spelling of this name, with the feminine forms Ariela and Arielle. A famous male Ariel is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    Ariel appears in the Bible as a name for the city of Jerusalem and as a minor character of the leader of slaves returning from Babylon.

    Shakespeare made use of the name in his play, "The Tempest" as did Pope in his work "The Rape of the Lock". Disney also used this for their incarnation of Hans Christian Andersen's "the Little Mermaid".

    Ariel is also the name of a moon of Uranus. It was named this in homage to Alexander Pope's character in "Rape of the Lock".

    In the UK, Ariel is a brand of washing powder.

    Whilst Ariel is relatively common in the United States as a whole (#202 in 2006), it is particularly popular in Mississippi where it was the 51st most popular name in 2006.

Similar Names to Ariel for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Ariel (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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