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Muriel is the name of the goat in George Orwell's novel "Animal Farm".
MarioDM02  2/16/2019
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A very rare and pretty name. I'm glad that is so uncommon and special.
― Anonymous User  11/12/2018
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My late mother was named Muriel. She was a selfless beautiful person all her life and passed away at 96. She is sadly missed by her 3 children, 8 grandchildren and her 9 great grandchildren. When looking for a name for our new 40 ft sailing yacht coming shortly, I stumbled upon the origin of Muriel being “of the bright sea”. I cannot think of a more appropriate name for a graceful and loyal friend for life. Muriel it is.
Openminded  11/4/2018
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All I can imagine is some old crabby women yelling ”MURiEEEELLLL, MURIEEELlLL!”.
Curious me  9/12/2018
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Sounds like someone being sick underwater.
Hushpuppy  8/26/2018
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Muriel is such a sweet and lovely name! It feels so light and airy. It is absolutely NOT a boy's name.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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I don't really like this name much. I don't like the way it sounds. The mur and iel together both sound really weird when said out loud.
GiJeff  6/5/2018
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I love this name! It just rolls off the tongue.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018
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As you probably can tell my name is Muriel as well. I am not by any means "old" but people do have a hard time placing my age by my name. My name is unusual, but so am I. I wouldn't change it for the world.
I'm not sure how it would sound on a man. I have never really heard of a male Muriel. That being said, I am normally the only Muriel in the room.
I did find out an interesting tidbit of info. I named my daughter Amelia, after Amelia Earhart. Reading some info to my daughter about her name I found out Amelia's sister's name was originally Muriel.
MurielD  10/31/2017
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I looked my name up and it means 'of the bright sea'. So I like it. Not because it sounds "delicate and soft" but because the sea can be tolerant of one thing one minute and then destroy someone the next for disrespecting it or something close to it. But I don't know, it TRULY depends on what you feel about the name. Not what others feel about it. My great grandma is who I was named after.
Muriel_Thompson03  7/15/2017
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This is the name of an angel in both the 2005 'Supernatural' TV series and Cassandra Clare's (unrelated) 'The Mortal Instruments' novels.
Feorsteorra  12/6/2016
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The name Muriel was given to 28 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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It reminds you of cereal because nothing else rhymes with it.

Muriel was a hard name to grow up with but now I like the fact that it is unusual. I did not meet another until I was 49! What I like about it I need only give my first name when I call someone because generally they only know one. As it never was popular (at least in my life time) no one can actually guess what generation I'm a part of. Also, when someone yells "Muriel" 999 times out of 1000 they mean me.
MurielOK  2/24/2016
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Makes me think of cereal for some reason...
― Anonymous User  11/4/2015
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I think the name Muriel is breathtakingly beautiful. (: It's so delicate and soft sounding and is such a lovely underused feminine name. I always think of the character Muriel from Courage the Cowardly Dog (man, I love that show).
― Anonymous User  11/8/2014
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I think Muriel is a very pretty name. It makes me think of Muriel from "Courage the Cowardly Dog."
hkols  11/5/2014
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Hi!
My name is Muriel and I am a woman. It is the name of an angel in the Jewish religion. As in many other Jewish angel´s names, the two last letters in the name are -el (Gabriel, Miguel or Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Nathaniel, etc) According to the angels believe, they are neither male nor female same as this name.
The name Muriel is a family name in Spain but is also a personal name. I know that in Brazil it is also used as a male name.
From "A dictionary of angels" of Gustav Davidson: Murriel, from the Greek "myrrh". Is the angel of the month of June and ruler of the sign of Cancer.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2014
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In a children's book series, the 'Fudge' series by Judy Blume, Peter's grandma's name is Muriel. Though she is seventy years old, she can turn cartwheels and whip up a mean cup of hot chocolate. She marries Sheila's grandpa, Buzzy Sr.
Skygray15  9/20/2013
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Muriel Rush was a main character on the 80s American TV series "Too Close for Comfort". She was the wife of Henry and mother of Jacqueline "Jackie", Sara, and Andrew.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2012
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In the cartoon Courage the Cowardly Dog made by Cartoon Network, Muriel Bagge is a supporting character and the owner of Courage.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2012
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I LOVE the name Muriel and I do think it is a little "old" but HEY gramma's were kids once too and you might have guessed already, yes, my name is Muriel but I still love the name sure I don't excatly look like a Muriel, maybe a Milly or Missy or even Lilly but I have a great story behind it!
mimirach  10/18/2010
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Hemingway's grand-daughter is Mariel Hemingway. She did not commit suicide, but her older sister, Margaux, did.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2010
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The name is also used in Spanish-speaking countries. I have a friend from Chile by the name Muriel.
― Anonymous User  11/19/2009
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This was my grandmother's name, a beautiful name for a beautiful person. I as well don't see how people say it's old sounding or masculine, or ugly. It's uncommon, the pronunciation is beautiful if you pronounce it right, and it's meaning is wonderful.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2009
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Muriel is the name of the wife of Seymour Glass, a character in several works of J. D. Salinger, including Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction as well as the short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish."
leylaellen  7/17/2009
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I used to think that this name was "grannyish" too, but then I met a girl a little older than me with the name Muriel. It's really funny, because she is one of the most vibrant, energetic people I know, and the name still suits her perfectly.
Fencer  5/16/2009
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This is the name of the witch in Fablehaven.
thecookiemonster  2/12/2009
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I totally agree with the poster above. After all, by 2050, people will probably be thinking, "Madison/Sarah/Britney? Ew, that's a grandma's name!" Muriel is a beautiful, classy name that is due for a comeback, so if you're considering naming your daughter this, go for it!
(Though I can't really see it on a boy - there have been too many well-known female Muriels, so a male Muriel might get teased.)
Sophannagh  11/2/2008
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I love the name Muriel! This name should make a come back! I don't see why some people think it's grannyish, grannies were young too, plus names of today will be soon grannyish in the year 2030. Anyways, Muriel is a gorgeous name! Go ahead and don't be afraid to name your daughter this!
lol_cool  8/7/2008
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Muriel is the name of the main character in Winifred Holtby's 1924 novel "The Crowded Street".

It is also the name of country singer Kitty Wells, who was most popular in the 1950s and '60s.

All the vowel sounds in the name give it an interesting, varied sound, rolling off the tongue, similar to the name Olivia. I like it!
― Anonymous User  4/29/2008
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I'm not sure I like the name for a boy, but I just love the way this name rolls off the tongue. In fact, if I ever have a daughter, I think I'm naming her Muriel Alannah.
erb816  4/10/2008
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I love the name Muriel and for some reason I always have. I agree with the person above me -- it's quite beautiful in both meaning and sound.
tu_es_faux  2/24/2008
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I like Muriel because of its beautiful meaning and sound. I really don't understand these people who say it is a male or a "grannyish" name - there are always the names of the moment, names that are in, but that's usually ephemeral (except perhaps those eternal and utterly common names, like Mary or John) and the popular names of nowadays will be considered old-fashioned tomorrow, and the old-fashioned ones of yesterday might be popular again, it's a cycle. That's why Muriel had its peak in the 1920's, but came back to the girl's top 1,000 in the US in 1990 (401st), so there must be young Muriels out there. Anyway, I think a name should be chosen based on what they mean and what they sound like, not on how popular the name currently is - that's so superficial.
lalala  1/21/2008
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Muriel Hemingway was a daughter of the famous Ernest Hemingway, who, like her father, committed suicide.
reverie  11/11/2007
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Was only ever in the girls' top 1,000 in the United States from the 1880s to the 1960s, with its mild peak of popularity in 1920 (132nd position). In modern times it's considered grannyish and it's bad enough for a modern baby girl to have that name, let alone a modern baby boy to have a name like Muriel.
freeserve.co.uk  10/25/2007
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Why on EARTH would you put Muriel on a boy!? Madness!
― Anonymous User  9/25/2007
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In the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling, Ron has a great-aunt named Muriel.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2007
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It's not the right name for ANY child, girl or boy. It makes me think of a grey-haired old grandmother with a cardigan, a blouse and broach, a long skirt, a pair of glasses, and her hair-do tied in a bun. Enid and Beryl are very much in the same category.
freeserve.co.uk  6/19/2007
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I LOVE it on a boy. Really dislike on a girl.
princess_alpha  2/21/2007
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Muriel Heslop is the protaganist of the hit movie Muriel's Wedding. She is played by Toni Collette.
biflucky  9/25/2006
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Famous bearers of the name: the Scottish writter Muriel Spark and Muriel Rukeyse, an American poet.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2006
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Middle name of the character Chandler on the sitcom Friends.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005

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