Given Name MURIEL

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: MYUR-ee-əl (English), MUR-ee-əl (English), MUY-RYEL (French)  [details]

Meaning & History

Medieval English form of a Celtic name which was probably related to the Irish name MUIRGEL. The Normans brought it to England from Brittany. In the modern era it was popularized by a character from Dinah Craik's novel 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856).
VARIANTS: Meriel, Merle, Meryl, Merla (English), Murielle (French), Muirgel, Muirgheal (Irish)
DIMINUTIVE: Merletta (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Myrgjöl (Ancient Scandinavian), Muireall (Scottish)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017