Ariel - boys name

Ariel name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 76%

Ariel name meaning:

The name Ariel has multiple origins and meanings, depending on the cultural context. In Hebrew, Ariel is derived from the word "ariel" or "ari'el," which means "lion of God" or "lioness of God." The name is often associated with strength, power, and bravery. In the Bible, Ariel is also referred to as the name of Jerusalem, symbolizing its status as the dwelling place of God.

Ariel gained further popularity and recognition through Shakespeare's play "The Tempest," where it was used as the name of a mischievous and magical spirit. This association added a sense of enchantment and fantasy to the name. Over time, Ariel has become a unisex name, commonly given to both boys and girls.

For girls specifically, the name Ariel can represent a combination of strength and femininity. It embodies qualities like independence, intelligence, creativity, and determination. It also carries a sense of beauty and grace, similar to the mythical mermaid character from Disney's "The Little Mermaid," who bore the same name. Overall, Ariel is a name that encompasses different meanings and connotations, making it versatile and appealing to many parents.

Origin: Hebrew

Lioness of God.


Unisex names

Related names

Ariel , Arel , Arial

Other boys names beginning with A


Overall UK ranking: 1139 out of 4789

24 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Ariel

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