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Gender: F Meaning of Muriel: "of the bright sea" Origin of Muriel: Irish

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Once a poetic Celtic name, that of the angel who governs the month of June, Muriel is now the grandma on TV sitcoms. She does have literary cred via Edinburgh-born author Muriel Spark, author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and also appears as a character in Anne of Green Gables. Muriel was a Top 200 name from 1912 to 1933.

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Famous People Named Muriel

Dame Muriel Spark - Scottish author, famous for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

Pop Culture References for the Name Muriel

Muriel Rush- Henry's wife on "Too Close for Comfort"
"Muriel's Wedding"- 1994 movie
Great Aunt Muriel- member of the Weasley family in Harry Potter
Muriel Bagge- elderly main character in "Courage the Cowardly Dog"
Muriel- the main character's name in the book They Never Came Back
Muriel Stacey - favorite teacher/mentor character from "Anne of Green Gables"
Muriel P. Finster, character from animated series Recess
Muriel - recurring season one character on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Muriel Blandings- the wife of Cary Grant's character in "Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House". Played by Myrna Loy

Meriol, Merrial, Merriel, Merrill, Muire, Murial, Murielia, Muriell

Muriel's International Variations

Meriel, Murielle, Muiriol, Muirgheal, Merial (Irish) Muireall (Scottish)