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Traditionally Ariel is only used for boys. The female form would be Ariela.
-- Miss Claire  12/5/2004
Famous bearers of this name include Mexican actor Ariel López Padilla (b. 1962).
-- alberto  12/10/2004
In the Apocrypha, Ariel is the name of one of the seven archangels.
The Apocrypha are books included in the Septuagint and Vulgate but excluded from Protestant canons of the Old Testament.
-- Anonymous User  1/6/2005
One namesake is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. By the way, the archangel is Uriel, not Ariel.
-- Anonymous User  3/27/2005
Ariel Sharon (Hebrew: אֲרִיאֵל שָׁר‏וֹן, also known by his diminutive Arik אָרִיק) (born February 27, 1928) is a former Israeli politician and general.
-- sweetbabe  11/21/2006
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary also has Ariel translated as 'light' or 'altar'.
-- Amatire  4/9/2005
This is a beautiful and unusual name. You'll probably not meet more than 2 or 3 Ariels in your life.
-- Lomesir22  6/9/2005
Ariel is my all-time favorite name, winsome, ethereal and exquisite.
-- tmarie  6/17/2005
It's a beautiful name! It's unique, unusual and Shakespearean! I pronounce it AR-EE-EL.
-- Tbird  7/4/2005
Thank you to the person who put the proper pronunciation of the name Ariel. People are always saying my name wrong.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2005
According to many other websites and books the name does have an Aramaic (Ancient Hebrew) origination meaning "angel of God" - which can be masculine or feminine with various spellings. In ancient days the strength of a lion was associated with angels or angelic beings.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2005
It's also the main mermaid who married Prince Eric in Little Mermaid.
-- SeaShellClub  9/4/2005
Shakespeare's Ariel has been played by both male and female actors. I consider this a name for either gender. Sylvia Plath's horse, and the title of a book of her poems, was also Ariel.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2005
I find that other spelling, Arielle is more feminine. I love the meaning for this name and the fact is a more original name. Pronouncing this name may be a difficulty though.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I absolutely love the name Ariel. Its gorgeous! I grew up watching the Little Mermaid and have loved the name ever since. I plan on naming my first daugheter Ariel.
-- Anonymous User  5/1/2006
My name is spelled Ariell not Arielle and I am a female so I resent that remark.
-- talentedone33  5/24/2006
Ariel is a type of washing powder.
-- FairyGirl  7/18/2006
Ariel, in the Bible, was a leader who served under Ezra (See Ezra 8:16).
-- DLB  8/30/2006
Ariel is one of my middle names. I think it is pretty and I like that it can be male or female. I resent the implication that I was named after The Little Mermaid, however.
-- Anonymous User  9/2/2006
I really like this name as a male name, too bad the little mermaid gave it a feminine connotation. Another cool fact is that you have a girl's name with an anagram of Ariel: Leira.
-- Jeidy_mn  9/21/2006
I think Ariel is really pretty. However I like the name Ariella better! It's absolutley gorgeous! Then if your daughter prefers Ariel better that can be her nickname! I'm giving birth to a girl in 2 months and I'm going to name her Ariella!
-- Alexis_and_Luca  9/25/2006
One of my best friends is named Ariel, and unfortunately for her it always reminds people of the Little Mermaid. I happen to love this name. It's beautiful and classy.
-- Anonymous User  10/5/2006
It has been given a feminine connotation by the Little Mermaid, but the only one I know is a guy and he goes by Aarie because of the pronunciation problems some people seem to have.
-- Anonymous User  10/11/2006
I love the name Ariel. It's so pretty and refreshing. Not many people have the name. I actually like this spelling better for a girl than "Arielle".
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
No offence, but it is like the car Ariel.
-- bellaboo  11/12/2006
Ariel Rot (born in Buenos Aires, 19 April 1960) is an Argentine musician and singer.
-- sweetbabe  11/21/2006
I think it's a pretty name.
-- firestar0928  1/22/2007
Ariel is the eldest daughter of Joe and Allison in the TV show, Medium, based on an actual family.
-- Belle  3/21/2007
I didn't know that this name could be for boys until I met a second cousin once removed of mine and found out that it is his middle name. I don't think that parents should give it to boys though because they would be teased. A little boy called a little mermaid would not be a happy one. I do like the meaning though.
-- writing the world  4/3/2007
I can tell you that I have met multiple men named Ariel, many named before the movie came out and some named afterwards. I have never heard of any of them being teased at all because of the movie.

I'm actually annoyed that some people could be so ignorant as to let a Disney movie turn a Biblically male name female.
-- ZoeAliza  6/1/2008
My name is Ariel, and I know people from both genders with the name. My dad really loved this name, so I ended up with it, but I actually do like it.
People tend to associate it with the Little Mermaid of course. There's rarely a place where SOMEONE doesn't comment about it. Actually, my parents are more aware of it as a spirit in Shakespeare's The Tempest. I was really glad to see that in the description of the name.

I think it's a beautiful name for either gender, and I prefer it over Arielle or Ariella.
-- ArielleirA  5/2/2007
This is one of my favourite names for a boy. I think it's rather strong sounding, especially when you know the meaning.
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2007
I pronounce my name Air-ee-el, I don't think anyone else has said it is like that and I am sick of having my name pronouced Are-ee-el.
-- thedawnofavalon  6/4/2007
This is my name, and I think it's a beautiful name. I get compliments on it all the time -- even when I'm playing video games on my PS2. My only problem is that no one knows how to pronounce or spell it. Other than that, it's a great name.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2007
Commonly pronounced "AH-ree-el" with "AH" as in back. I've only heard it pronounced AH-ree-el with AH as in father in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  6/21/2007
In English, the name Ariel is pronounced, 'air-ee-ul.' In Hebrew, French or Spanish, Ariel is pronounced R-E-L. Just like the names, David, Leah or Sarah. These are pronounced differently in English than they are in some other languages, even though the spelling stays the same.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2007
There are many famous movies that feature women named Ariel: Footloose, Grumpy Old Men, In America and the tv series Medium and Fallen (ABC Family mini-series).

There many famous young women named Ariel as well: three Hollywood actresses-Ariel Gade, Ariel Waller and Ariel Winter. Actress Cybill Shephard's daughter is named Ariel as well.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Ariel is a name of Hebrew origin from the Old Testament. It is a name with many meanings which include an Angel, a Lion(ess) of God and is an alternate name for the city of Jerusalem. Ariel is indeed one of the Archangels (like Michael and Gabriel). Ariel is know as the Angel of Healing and the Angel of New Beginnings. The name Ariel originally referred to a spirit, that was neither male or female, that is why it has been used as a unisex name. However, it is now much, much more common for women than for men.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2007
Is also pronounced AH-ree-el.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2007
Although it is the name of the little mermaid, I think for a girl there's nothing wrong with that. She's a very feminine and fun character. :) Although, I think if you were a boy, it would be more annoying to be associated with someone who wears shells as underwear and talks all day to a bright orange crab.
-- TSato  12/6/2007
Love the name Ariel - which I find is the only correct way of spelling it. It's such a beautiful name for all ages. Elegant, classic, sweet and strong. My daughter is going to be called Ariel. It's not a common name in Denmark and you would only give it to a girl. In Denmark we pronounce the name Ar-ee-el.
-- Katrine  2/7/2008
I think this name is beautiful. Lovely and feminine. I'm going to give it to my daughter. I think it's such a gorgeous name for a girl.
-- Martha Gold  2/26/2008
I love this name, but only for a boy. My sister's name is Arielle and I don't mind that spelling on a girl (but I perfer Ariella), but to me Ariel is all male.
-- ZoeAliza  4/7/2008
Sounds pretty and feminine and love its biblical roots. Ariel is also the name of a woman in the new movie, "Starting Out in the Evening." It's feminine sounding and beautiful.
-- Anonymous User  5/9/2008
The teenage daughter in my favorite tv series, Medium, is named Ariel. It's such a pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2008
I can't get the image of the little mermaid out of my head whenever I hear this name.
-- Akito  6/20/2008
Beautiful and meaningful name for my new baby girl.
-- Anonymous User  7/26/2008
Ariel is my name, and I have heard it used in reference to the country of Israel.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2008
People often call me Ar-yul. It is pronounced Ar-ee-ELL (Like air-ee-elle). I despise any reference to mermaids.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2008
Ariel is the name of a major Alliance planet on the TV series Firefly.
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2008
I am fortunate enough to have Ariel as my middle name, although it is spelled incorrectly on my birth certificate (Araiel). I would agree that is definitely a masculine name, especially when you take its meaning and history into consideration. I'm very proud of my name, and no mermaid is going to stop me from using it.
-- cabooseamoose  9/2/2008
There are three beautiful Hollywood actresses named Ariel! Ariel Gade, Ariel Waller and Ariel Winter. It's such a pretty name.
-- Alannah  9/17/2008
It's a nice name, but I don't know whether it would be very appropriate for naming a child these days.
-- BlackMartian923  10/28/2008
Ariel has such a pretty sound to it. The teenage daughter in the tv series Medium is named Ariel and everytime I hear her name it just sounds beautiful.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2008
I had a friend who pronounced his name as R-yell.
-- Anonymous User  12/7/2008
It's a beautiful name and I agree with those who say the mermaid isn't and shouldn't deter anyone from using it. It's pronounced AR-EE-el especially on a guy. Ariel/Arielle Er-ee-el is pretty too but only for a girl. In the English speaking parts that does make sense.

The fact that Shakespeare uses this name in his play is very awesome and plus he (Shakespeare) was very romantic. So it's had its spotlight apart from the mermaid. :)
-- _0TophasNails_1  12/29/2008
The book "The Canada Geese Quilt" has a heroine named Ariel.
-- Martha Gold  4/4/2009
Ariel for a boy, and Arielle for a girl. The added 'le' just makes it more feminine. It's a great name for either sex and has a strong meaning.
-- ema_kala  4/10/2009
I once read in a book of names of a Dutch girl, who was named after her godfather. He was called Arie L. (surname).
-- Kaat5  5/17/2009
I'm an Israeli and this Jewish HEBREW name is pronounced Are-ee-elle. The "mermaid" totally ruined this other wonderful boy name.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2009
I love this name for a boy, but not for a girl. I want my first son to be named Ariel.
-- Lord Sapphire  9/27/2009
As I like The Little Mermaid, I'll always see Ariel as a girls name. I like it pronounced 'AIR - EE - EL'. But if it is pronounced 'ARE - EE - El' that could work on a boy.
-- starz26  4/13/2010
Definitely a boys' name. This doesn't sound feminine at all.
-- IYV  7/30/2010
I love this name, mainly for a girl. I could also see this working well on a boy, but not in the US because of the Little Mermaid connotation.
-- Chrila96  9/11/2010
Actually the first well-known woman who was called Ariel was the historian Ariel Durant (1898-1981). She was born into a Jewish family in Russia and emigrated to the USA as a child. Her original Hebrew name was Chaya and she was called Ida in English as a child. Ariel was a pet name her husband, Will Durant, gave her in the 1920s but she later made it her legal name. Will and Ariel Durant began publishing a popular series of history books called "The Story of Civilization" in 1935. Will and Ariel Durant were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January of 1977, and 1977 was the first year over 100 girls in the USA were named Ariel (104, to be precise.) 1978, when 162 female Ariels were born, is the first year the name makes the top 1000 SSA list.

The idea of using Ariel as a female given name didn't originate with Durant, however, as there are fairly reliable examples of American women named Ariel born in the early 1800s found in census records.
-- clevelandkentevans  9/15/2010
Been called Ariel ruined my life. When I first went to kindergarten, all my partners mocked me because they said I had a girl's name and called me mermaid, and still today, they sometimes still call me like that.
-- Schizofrenic  1/12/2011
Sounds as manly as Samuel, Nathaniel or Raphael to me. Funny how mermaids from films can make people give their daughters male names. I guess I should just be glad that Ariel isn't as mangled as Madison, but a girl named Ariel is still the same thing to me as a girl named Christopher or Timothy.
-- Louska  1/15/2011
My daughters are named Rachel and Ariel. Both names I have always loved for their beautiful meanings and how they sound. I first heard the name Ariel in Shakespeare's play the Tempest and then in the film Footloose (both long before a pretty mermaid with the same name). It is beautiful, meaningful and suits my daughter perfectly.
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2011
My name is Ariel, and I think it suits me. I have dark features and curly hair. I've always liked my name because it means lioness, and to me that means strong.
The only other Ariel I've met also has dark features. I couldn't really see it on a blonde, and, realistically I couldn't see it on a redhead like the little mermaid.
-- Arielove67  3/8/2011
I adore this name, but only for a boy. It's extremely handsome and masculine. It pains me to hear it on girls.
-- K.G Valentina  3/16/2011
Thanks to The Little Mermaid, I've long considered this to be solely a girl's name, even though I know it isn't. Over the past several years, though, it's really been growing on me as a boy's name. It's totally hot.
-- thefancyapple  3/18/2011
Beautiful. I've only ever known of women named Ariel.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2011
Nice name. It's fine for both a male and female name. I can't be decisive on which gender it's better suited for.
-- Hebrews_and_Shebrews  8/5/2011
I am learning Hebrew, so I have a decent grasp of the alef-bet. Hebrew (EE-vreet), is always horribly translated. Phonetically, it is pronounced ay-REE-al or AY-ree-AL. With the 'R' a tongue-roll r, like in Spanish. I think it is a lovely name, suitable for boys or girls. I wish "the little mermaid" did not pop into people's minds though.
-- MiryamChannah  9/1/2011
Ariel Winter is an actress from the comedy Modern Family she plays Alex Dunphy.
-- ebenezer_scrouge  9/19/2011
This is irrelevant to the actual meaning, but Ariel also means 'noble daughter' in J.R.R. Tolkien's invented Elvish language Sindarin. Just putting it out there!
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2011
In the two "Footloose" films and the play, the heroine is named Ariel.
-- Martha Gold  2/25/2012
I personally can't stand this name, because of 2 reasons: 1. The little mermaid, I hate the main character whose name is Ariel and 2. A girl who used to bully me in school.
-- I love strange names  8/31/2012
Really, I don't mind that this name has become unisex. It sounds hot on a guy, gorgeous on a girl, and I don't even mind that Disney used it for The Little Mermaid, because I have a theory on why they used it. It could be a pun name, stemming from Aria, meaning song. After all, she has a wonderful voice, and a daughter named Melody, too.
-- Sabella Authoress  11/4/2012
I named my son Ariel after finding it in a baby name book in the boy section. I also am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I think it is a truly unique and wonderful name. Sadly, my son was bullied over "The Little Mermaid" connotation. As a teen, he now takes pride in the name and people compliment him on it all the time.

I would say to those considering naming their son Ariel in the USA or Canada, bear in mind children are conditioned to pop culture and can be quite cruel. I still think it's a wonderful name but it's not easy to see your child bullied.
-- Anonymous User  5/9/2013
Well, My name is Arielle, pronounced Air-Ree-Al and my fathers name is Ariel, pronounced U-Rel, or Air-ree-el. I think it's a beautiful name and I definitely get sweet compliments on it. And the meaning only adds to it's beauty.
-- Arithelittlemermaid  6/26/2013
In the final book of "Series of Unfortunate Events," there's a character named Ariel. Also, Ariel is the name of the titular character in the book "Ariel" by Kate Tiffany, which was inspired by the character of the same name in Shakespeare's "The Tempest."
-- Martha Gold  7/27/2013
To Hello everyone ;
Thank you for your attention.
I have a few things to say on this subject.
Listening to all of your remarks, reminds me of a guy I used to know who liked to comment on things he knew nothing about.
The name Ariel is Hebrew.
אריאל
It is made up of two parts; Ari, meaning "lion", and el, meaning "G-d".
Ari is a male lion, and this is without a doubt a masculine name.
Not unisex, certainly not female.
A Disney cartoon notwithstanding, truth remains truth. What all you readers in cyber-land choose to do with that information is your privilege.
If you wish to use this name for a girl, it must be, "Ariella". That is the only acceptable feminine form of this name.
The world has gotten very strange. I don't know who it was who decided that last names like, Tyler, Taylor, McKenna and MacKenzie are to be first names.
All over there are weird trends catching on.
I urge you all to resist the bizarre, and use good traditional masculine names for boys and feminine names for girls.
To reiterate ; Ariel is 100% a masculine name, the only acceptable feminine form of it being, Ariella.
(If you must call your daughter after a cartoon, why don't you use Mini Mouse or Olive Oil?)
-- ariL  5/7/2014
I have a male friend with this name and I just can't see it on a girl. I prefer Arielle on a girl.
-- Acajou  5/7/2014
This is our daughter's name but we spell it Aryel. We didn't choose it because of the little mermaid! We liked the name from footloose but loved it after hearing the "lioness of God" meaning. I wanted a simpler spelling than Arielle and changing the I to y gave us that plus made it a little more unique as I've never seen this spelling before. We get compliments on her name and the spelling all the time!
-- mrsmac  7/8/2014

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