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Girl Name: Muriel

Name: Muriel
Pronunciation: \m(u)-riel\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Muriel's also a boy name)
Meaning: sparkling, shining sea
Origin: Irish
Related Names: Marilla, Merle, Meryl, Mary
Sounds Like: Mariel, Mariela, Marial, Meriol, Murle, Merill, Merel
Variant forms: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella, Murielle
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 410
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 19032


Muriel \m(u)-riel\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Muriel), is pronounced MYUR-ee-el. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Muriel is "sparkling, shining sea". First used in the Middle Ages. Novelist Muriel Spark.

Muriel has 7 variant forms: Merial, Meriel, Merrill, Miureall, Murial, Muriella and Murielle.

For more information, see also related names Marilla, Merle, Meryl and Mary.

Baby names that sound like Muriel are Mariel, Mariela, Marial, Meriol, Murle, Merill and Merel.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Muriel.


Muriel is a very popular first name for women (#410 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#19032 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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