"lion of God"

Ariel Origin and Meaning

The name Ariel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lion of God".

Despite its distinguished pedigree and popularity in Israel, Disney's Little Mermaid cartoonized Ariel in the US, at least in some people's minds. But it was used for a male character in Shakespeare's The Tempest centuries ago.

More recently, cool short form Ari has come into prominence via the character in Entourage, plus its similarity to short, breezy Biblical names like Levi and Eli.

Though Ariel has been on the rise for boys in recent years and flat for girls, the gender divide still leans heavily toward the feminine. But with parents increasingly drawn to uncommon Biblical boy names – especially those with that strong and gentle -iel ending – we think that gap could be set to narrow in the coming years.

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Ariel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Ariel

  • Arielbiblical archangel
  • Ariel Sharon (born 1928)former Israeli prime minister
  • Ariel TiconaChilean miner who was trapped in the San Jose mine
  • Ariel Donidamale model
  • Ariel CamachoMexican singer
  • Ariel RechtshaidAmerican record producer
  • Ariel "Rel" SchulmanAmerican actor, director and producer
  • Ariel VromenIsraeli,born film director
  • Ariel Marcus Rosenbergreal name of singer/songwriter Ariel Pink
  • Ariel Swanepoel Nicoli (born 2018)son of Candice Swanepoel and Hermann Nicoli.

Ariel in Pop Culture

  • Arielanother name for Jerusalem (Isaiah 29:1)
  • Ariel "Ari" Goldcharacter in the HBO series "Entourage"
  • Arielmagicial sprite in Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
  • Ferdinand Lured by Ariel1850 painting by John Everett Millais which depicts an episode from Act I, Scene II of "The Tempest"
  • Arielantagonist in the SNES video game "Arcana"

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