Dutch diminutive of Mary
"drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved"

Mariel Origin and Meaning

The name Mariel is a girl's name of French, Dutch origin meaning "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved".

Mariel Hemingway popularized this attractive and unusual variation of Mary. It's a fairly recent form, emerging in the twentieth century. Other variations include Marielle and Mariella, which is found in Italy.

The meaning of Maria is uncertain, but theories include "drop of the sea" (from Hebrew roots mar "drop" and yam "sea"); "bitter" (from Hebrew marah "bitterness"); and "beloved" (from the Egyptian root mr).

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Famous People Named Mariel

  • Mariel Hadley HemingwayAmerican actress; granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway
  • Mariel Margaret "Mia" HammAmerican soccer player
  • Mariel Leigh ZagunisAmerican fencer
  • Mariel Rodriguez (born Maria Erlinda Lucille Sazon TermuloPadilla), Filipina model/actress
  • Mariel Viray PamintuanFilipina actress
  • Mariel EspinosaMexican sprinter
  • Mariel "Mari" MadridAmerican dancer and YouTuber of duo Keone & Mari

Mariel in Pop Culture

  • Mariel Gullwhackermouse character in the Redwall series
  • Dr. Mariel Underlaycharacter on TV series "Invasion"
  • "Mariel" song by cellist Maya Beiser.