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Gender: F Meaning of Ariel: "lion of God" Origin of Ariel: Hebrew Ariel's Popularity in 2013: #146

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Ariel is a biblical name, seen there as the messenger of Ezra, and also used as a symbolic name for the city of Jerusalem, while Shakespeare used it for a (male) sprite in The Tempest.

For girls, Ariel enjoyed a considerable burst of popularity with the 1989 release of Disney's The Little Mermaid: by 1991 it had reached Number 66.

Although its wave has crested, Ariel is still a name any little girl would love. It is also associated with the poetry of Sylvia Plath and with the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman. The popular historian Ariel Durant was born Ida Ariel Ethel.

In Israel, Ariel is used as much or more for boys.

Famous People Named Ariel

Ariel Winter (born 1998), American actress
Ariel Gade (born 1997), American actress
Ariel Meredith (born 1986), American supermodel
Arielle Kebbel (born 1985), American actress
Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd

Pop Culture References for the Name Ariel

Ariel, main character of Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
Ariel Sullivan, a character in the movie "In America"
Ariel Moore, a character in the 1984 movie "Footloose"
Ariel Truax, a character in the movie "Grumpy Old Men"
Ariel Schiller, a character in "Starting Out in the Evening"
Ariel DuBois, a character in the drama series "Medium"
Ariel Shuman, from an episode of TV series"Cold Case"
"Ariel", a book of poetry by Sylvia Plath

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