AH-ree-el, AIR-ee-el
"lion of God"

Ariel Origin and Meaning

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

Ariel is a male 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: in 1991 it peaked at #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, but in the US, more than three times as many baby girls as boys are named Ariel. Read more about Ariel and other Disney Princess Names in our featured blog.

# 288 in the US

Ariel Rank in US Top 1000

# 389 on Nameberry

Ariel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ariel Popularity

Famous People Named Ariel

  • Ariel WinterAmerican actress
  • Ariel GadeAmerican actress
  • Ariel MeredithAmerican supermodel
  • Ariel WallerCanadian actress
  • Ariel Lin (Yīchén)Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Ariel Erin KaplanAustralian actress
  • Ariel BybeeAmerican operatic mezzo,soprano
  • Ariel EngelbertAmerican singer and TV personality; twin sister Zoey Engelbert
  • Ariel Hirschtwin sister of Alex Hirsch and the inspiration for "Gravity Falls" Mabel Pines
  • Ariel ShepherdOppenheim, daughter of actress Cybill Shepherd
  • Ariel Coyotedaughter of actor Peter Coyote
  • Ariel Asa Araya (b. 1996)daughter of bassist Tom Araya of Slayer

Ariel in Pop Culture

  • Arielmain character of Disney's "The Little Mermaid"
  • Ariel Sullivana character in the movie "In America"
  • Ariel Moorea character in the 1984 movie "Footloose"
  • Ariel Truaxa character in the movie "Grumpy Old Men"
  • Ariel Schillera character in "Starting Out in the Evening"
  • Ariel DuBoisa character in the drama series "Medium"
  • Ariel Wolfea character in "House on Haunted Hill"
  • Ariel Shumanfrom an episode of TV series "Cold Case"
  • Ariela book of poetry by Sylvia Plath