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.
Pronunciation: (AYR ee el); (AH ree el) Form of: Itself (Ariel)
Considering Ariel as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Ariel for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Ariel is a unisex name, used as a boy name and a girl name.
The name Ariel is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Ariel we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Ariel Name Meaning
The meaning of Ariel is “Lion of God”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Ariel and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Ariel and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Ariel is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Ariel Categories
The name Ariel is in the following categories: Argentine Names, Biblical Names, Celestial Names, Disney Names, Hebrew Names, Israeli Names, Jewish Names, Literary Characters Names, Nature Names, Places Names, Shakespeare Names, Unisex Names. (If you would like to suggest one or more categories for the name, click here). We have plenty of different baby name categories to search for special meanings plus popular and unique names, search our database before choosing but also note that baby name categories designed to help you and not to be an influential factor when choosing a name. Instead, we recommend that you pay a greater attention to the origin and meaning of the name Ariel. Read our baby name articles for useful tips regarding baby names and naming your baby. If you are thinking of giving your baby the beautiful name Ariel, spread the love and share this with your friends.
Popularity of the Name Ariel
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Ariel displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Ariel Boy Name Popularity Chart
Ariel Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
Songs and Videos about the name Ariel:
Songs featuring the name Ariel in the lyrics include Ariel by Dean Friedman, Ariel by Rainbow, Ariel by Babes in Toyland, and Ariel by October Project.
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