Hi, my name is Erielle and I'm a girl. But it's not pronounced the common way (or spelled the common way for that matter) because my dad thought it was too masculine for a girl so he changed the spelling to the French spelling. It's pronounced: (air-ee-yel) so it's pretty feminine. Most think it's because of the movie, but actually it's because we have Jewish ancestors and he liked the meaning behind the Hebrew word (meaning 'lion of God').
I'm Hispanic and it's pronounced differently in Spanish but in English most people think it's a girl name just bc the Little Mermaid which annoys me.
Kind of sounds like cereal to me.
This is my sister's name and she was not named after the Little Mermaid, she was born before that movie came out. She was named after a song my mother liked growing up called Ariel which really isn't any better. My mom despises the Little Mermaid. Naming your daughter Ariel she will be teased being called the Little Mermaid. My sister was teased for it. The name boosted in popularity the years following the release of the Little Mermaid.
It was rather rare where we are from, in fact my sister didn't meet another Ariel until high school.
Ariel is still a nice lovely name if you can get past the mermaid association, I had no idea this name was considered a guy's name until I was an adult.
This is an amazing name for a boy. It's so strong! I kinda like Arielle for a girl, too. Definitely feels more masculine to me, like Gabriel and other angel names.
Thanks to Disney this beautiful name just turns into that ridiculous mermaid.
Ariel is a boy name and it's strong and gorgeous for both men and boys.
In US most people are naming their poor girl Ariel just because of that silly little mermaid (That's why I hate the US).
The US just ruined most manly names like Alexander, Logan, Ariel, James, River and Taylor and turned them into feminine names. Thank you US!
I've just discovered that "Ariel" is a male name too (I heard it only in The Little Mermaid before, I'm Italian and I've never met someone called Ariel here. We have Ariele, but it's not actually used), but the more I think about it, the more I like it on a boy. It's so angelic, so powerful but delicate, so unique.
I'm surely going to use it on a male character.
Also can be pronounced [ʼɑːɹiɛl]
I love the name Ariel on a man! It’s very masculine like other angelic names. I like the variation Arielle or Ariella on girls, but Ariel on a girl sounds a little rough.
My name is Ariel and I am a male. Growing up in the US I didn’t know there was a movie about a mermaid name Ariel. Once I grew older I found out about the movie and realized why people were pronouncing my name a certain way. I later told my peers to pronounce it the way I wanted just so I could feel comfortable which was (R-E-L) (say those letters together and you now know how I pronounce my name). I now attend high school and haven’t had one person tease my about my name and I've managed to be in two relationships. So yeah, not really something to be shy about. I am proud to be named Ariel.
Only like it on boys, nickname Ari. I like the ah-ree-EL pronunciation best.
Love the name, mainly on boys though.
It seems very masculine with the sound and look, but is now supposedly feminine thanks to Disney. I like it on a boy. Arielle is stunning for a girl, though.
Right now my girlfriend's name is Ariel, and she's (I wanna say the word but I need to keep it PG) BEAUTIFULLLL and as for her username it's (I don't know) lion of god, and I wondered why but now I don't, thanks to this website.
Sounds angelic, I like it.
I have known a lot of Ariels. Every one were Jewish.
(a Jewish male name and nothing else) Ariel means "lion of God" (Isaiah 29:1). Ariel is another name for Jerusalem, and specifically the altar in the Holy TempleAriel is a given name from Biblical Hebrew אריאל Ariel that literally means "lion of God". The female form is אריאלה(transliterated as Ariela, Ariella)Language(s: HebrewOrigin: Ancient IsraelRegion of origin: Ancient Israel.
Also a brand of washing powder.
Another beautiful HEBREW name, don't confuse it with some other origin.
Ari = lio, El = God so Ariel means Gods lion in Hebrew.
Aariel is a variant and the name of a Seraphim in the book Many Waters. He could be considered one of the most important Seraphs in the book.
Ariel Flyer from Rescue Heroes had this name.
In 2018, 19 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ariel who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 793rd most common female first name for living U.S. citizens. In 2018, 19 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ariel who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 697th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
So beautiful! It just rolls off the tongue: Ariel.
While I don’t mind the association with the Little Mermaid, she wasn’t a great character and I wouldn’t name my girl after her. There’s better princess namesakes like Mulan, Belle or Tiana. Because of that, Ariel works better for a boy in my opinion. Arielle I would use for a hit though.
Ariel means Mermaid, Aquarium and Beautiful voice.
My name is Ariel and I am a man. In Latin countries including the Philippines, it is a common name for boys but it is pronounced differently, with the emphasis on the second syllable unlike the English version. It only became a girl's name thanks to Disney who gave it to the Little Mermaid. I think originally it is Hebrew and I love its meaning.
Makes a great name. Ariel is strong, masculine and rugged.
It's indeed a great joy to be here today, though this post has been mentioned in one of my posts. The story behind my pen name Ariel" Here is the link for your reference.
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I love this name, so flowery sounding. The meaning is super cool too!
Both the Disney mermaid and the British laundry powder make this name very watery. Can be a little nauseating that way, but it's still a beautiful name.
I met a fella from South America, he asked me what my daughter's name is, and when I said "Ariel" he asked if we were Spanish. I said No... he said Ariel is a Spanish name for men, in South America.
This is also used in Spanish. It's strictly masculine. [noted -ed]
Well, I see it as a unisex name, but like it better for a girl. Of course, some prefer it for a boy name or girl name, but I don't see the need to get all touchy about it. Now, I like this name, but I hate the association with The Little Mermaid. I find Ariel in that movie to be incredibly annoying. So I'd probably use Ariela.
Ariel Winter Workman, known professionally as Ariel Winter, is an American actress, voice actress, and singer. She is known for her role as Alex Dunphy in the comedy series Modern Family, as well as the voice of the title character in the Disney Junior show Sofia the First. Winter and her Modern Family cast mates have won four Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
I think this is a boy's name with a strong meaning and rich history. In cultures such as Spanish and Romanian the ending "-EL" translates to "HE". When it comes to English I believe it closely resembles Gabriel, Daniel, Samuel which are distinctly masculine. It's strange how the mermaid got this male sounding name. The female form should be Arielle or Ariela.
The name Ariel is pronounced AIR-ee-ELLE and spelt Ariel not pronounced AH-re-YAL
and spelt Areille.
I do not like this name for a female, because of The Little Mermaid, of course. In Penny Dreadful, Vanessa Ives names her taxidermy hawk Ariel, after the Shakespearian play The Tempest. I thought it was cool here.
My grandfather's name was Ariel Norman. He always had "Earl" on his work shirts because people had a tough time pronouncing it. Doesn't seem like it should be so tough. He was a great man, miss him terribly!
Girl or boy name. I too am open minded like so many of you. But I did notice that there are also some people who are firmly on the side of girls vs boys. I grew up with the Little Mermaid being as important as this generation's Frozen. Ariel is still a big favourite among little girls even today, and in Western culture we tend to associate this name with the Disney character, the spirit from the Tempest, and a UK brand of washing detergent! Ariel, Arielle or Ariella? When seen together like this, the latter two do look more feminine to me. But on the other hand, the Tempest was written by Shakespeare and he chose this name for a sexually ambiguous character. Male or female. With the gender equality and changes progressing now, what is the difference really, and does the gender of a name even exist. Andie and Andy. Charlie and Charley. Blake. Riley. Avery. James and Jaymes to Jamesina. Let's stay open minded people! :-)
My daughter's name is Ariel, but spelled Arielle. I spelled it this way because of the masculine association with Ariel. I think Ariel can be both a boy & girl name, like Taylor or Alex. I love this name, I love saying it & it is not too common. If you love the name I say use it on either a boy or girl :)
My first born has this name only I didn't want it to be like all the rest. It is spelled Aryel. Female. And I actually got the name from the movie Footloose (the original with Kevin Bacon). I saw it when I was 11 years old, fell in love with the name and said I would name my daughter Aryel... just what I did!
If I may interrupt people who comment here, I think it is a girl name, not a boy's. It would be ridiculous to make it a boy name (sorry about this) but if you have a good reason for this, you should comment on it. If you remember Little Mermaid, Ariel is more common and better for a girl. Otherwise, I like this name because The Little Mermaid character made it good. I love it, because it's sensational.
It'll always be "The Little Mermaid," of course, but that's as positive an association as any! It's a perfectly beautiful, lyrical, mellifluous name, and I've always loved it. :) For girls, that is. I know that it can be used on boys; I just have a really hard time seeing it as fitting in those instances.
There is no doubt that origins are extremely important, however the usage of names change just like the usage of language- that is what makes them beautiful. Just because this name is a traditionally biblical male name doesn't mean a person can't make it their own, twist it around to their desire. There is nothing wrong with shaking things up a bit. There are also no set of rules to genders unless you enforce them upon yourself.
That being said I think this name is very suitable for any gender, whether you name the little one after the famous mermaid, or the Shakespearean character, or whatever else suits your fancy.
Ariel is an amazing name with an amazing meaning. I would use it for a girl. It's so cute, friendly & sweet sounding.
A good twin name for URIEL.
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!
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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.
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?)
I have a male friend with this name and I just can't see it on a girl. I prefer Arielle on a girl.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the two "Footloose" films and the play, the heroine is named Ariel.
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!
Ariel Winter is an actress from the comedy Modern Family she plays Alex Dunphy.
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.
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.
Beautiful. I've only ever known of women named Ariel.
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.
I adore this name, but only for a boy. It's extremely handsome and masculine. It pains me to hear it on girls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Definitely a boys' name. This doesn't sound feminine at all.
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.
I love this name for a boy, but not for a girl. I want my first son to be named Ariel.
I'm an Israeli and this Jewish HEBREW name is pronounced Are-ee-elle. The "mermaid" totally ruined this other wonderful boy name.
I once read in a book of names of a Dutch girl, who was named after her godfather. He was called Arie L. (surname).
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.
The book "The Canada Geese Quilt" has a heroine named Ariel.
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. :)
I had a friend who pronounced his name as R-yell.
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.
It's a nice name, but I don't know whether it would be very appropriate for naming a child these days.
There are three beautiful Hollywood actresses named Ariel! Ariel Gade, Ariel Waller and Ariel Winter. It's such a pretty name.
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.
Ariel is the name of a major Alliance planet on the TV series Firefly.
Ariel is my name, and I have heard it used in reference to the country of Israel.
People often call me Ar-yul. It is pronounced Ar-ee-ELL (Like air-ee-elle). I despise any reference to mermaids.
Beautiful and meaningful name for my new baby girl.
I can't get the image of the little mermaid out of my head whenever I hear this name.
The teenage daughter in my favorite tv series, Medium, is named Ariel. It's such a pretty name.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is also pronounced AH-ree-el.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of my favourite names for a boy. I think it's rather strong sounding, especially when you know the meaning.
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.
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.
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.
Ariel is the eldest daughter of Joe and Allison in the TV show, Medium, based on an actual family.
I think it's a pretty name.
Ariel Rot (born in Buenos Aires, 19 April 1960) is an Argentine musician and singer.
No offence, but it is like the car Ariel.
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".
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ariel, in the Bible, was a leader who served under Ezra (See Ezra 8:16).
Ariel is a type of washing powder.
My name is spelled Ariell not Arielle and I am a female so I resent that remark.
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.
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.
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.
It's also the main mermaid who married Prince Eric in Little Mermaid.
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.
It's a beautiful name! It's unique, unusual and Shakespearean! I pronounce it AR-EE-EL.
Thank you to the person who put the proper pronunciation of the name Ariel. People are always saying my name wrong.
Ariel is my all-time favorite name, winsome, ethereal and exquisite.
This is a beautiful and unusual name. You'll probably not meet more than 2 or 3 Ariels in your life.
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary also has Ariel translated as 'light' or 'altar'.
One namesake is Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. By the way, the archangel is Uriel, not Ariel.
Ariel Sharon (Hebrew: אֲרִיאֵל שָׁר‏וֹן, also known by his diminutive Arik אָרִיק) (born February 27, 1928) is a former Israeli politician and general.
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.
Famous bearers of this name include Mexican actor Ariel López Padilla (b. 1962).
Traditionally Ariel is only used for boys. The female form would be Ariela.

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