Subject: Re: Muriel / Mariel and English dialects
Author: ClaudiaS   (Authenticated as ClaudiaS)
Date: March 3, 2008 at 6:45:36 AM
Reply to: Muriel / Mariel and English dialects by Lumia
I would not say that Mariel is a variant spelling of Muriel. Here they're considered two distinct names. Muriel is MYUR-ee-el (first syllable rhymes with "pure.") This was my aunt's name and she was from the Midwest, but I live on the West Coast and it's pronounced the same here.

Mariel is MARE-ee-el (first syllable rhymes with "care.")

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