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What does the name Ariel mean?

The meaning of the name “Ariel” is: “Lion of God”.

Additional information: Although Ariel is primarily a female name in many English speaking countries, it originates from the Hebrew where it was used mainly as a masculine name. The masculine name Ariel is still used in the Hebrew language and holds the meaning "lion of God". The name began to be used as a feminine name in the 1800s in English-speaking countries. It takes a feminine meaning of the masculine Hebrew name, "lioness of God". 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.

Arielle” is an alternate spelling of the name that has become common in Europe, primarily in France and England. Two names that are transliterations of the original name Ariel and are often used as variations are Ariela and Ariella. Common nicknames for the feminine Ariel are Arie, Elle, and Ella, while the masculine name Ariel usually has the nickname Arik or Ari.

The popularity of the name Ariel as a masculine name has not been recorded highly in many countries, with a 2014 ranking of 738th place in the US. It enjoyed a recorded peak high as the 71st most popular name for boys in Chile in 2005. As a female name, Ariel saw great success in the US in the 1800s and early-mid 1900s. It was ranked as the most popular name from 1880 all the way through 1946 and again from 1953 to 1961. Popularity began to trend downwards after 1961, resulting in a low point of a 120th place in 2014.

Some of the famous people who share the name Ariel include Ariel Sharon, ex-prime minister of Israel; Ariel Winter, an actress; Ariel Meredith, a model; Ariel Ortega, a soccer player; Ariel Castro, a notorious criminal, and Ariel Moore, a singer.

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.