"of the bright sea"

Muriel Origin and Meaning

The name Muriel is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "of the bright sea".

Once a poetic Celtic name, that of the angel who governs the month of June, Muriel became the mom or 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.

# 871 in the US

Muriel Rank in US Top 1000

# 1085 on Nameberry

Muriel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Muriel Popularity

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Famous People Named Muriel

  • Muriel Sarah SparkScottish novelist
  • (Violette) Muriel BoxEnglish screenwriter and director
  • Muriel Faye "Mickie" SiebertAmerican financier; first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Muriel RukeyserAmerican poet
  • Muriel DayNorthern Irish singer
  • Muriel Elizabeth BowserAmerican politician; mayor of the District of Columbia
  • Muriel Irene McBrien KauffmanAmerican philanthropist; founding co,owner of the Kansas City Royals baseball team
  • Muriel Lilian PavlowBritish actress
  • Muriel Burrell SmithAmerican singer and actress
  • Muriel BeaumontLady du Maurier, English actress; mother of novelist Daphne du Maurier
  • Muriel BoucherZazoui, French ice dancing coach
  • Muriel AngelusEnglish actress

Muriel in Pop Culture

  • Murielcharacter in the mobile game 'The Arcana'
  • Muriel Rushcharacter on TV's "Too Close for Comfort"
  • "Muriel's Wedding" 1994 film
  • Muriel Heslopmain character in "Muriel's Wedding"
  • Great Aunt Muriel Weasleycharacter in the "Harry Potter" series
  • Muriel Baggeelderly main character on animated series "Courage the Cowardly Dog"
  • Muriel P. Finstercharacter in animated series "Recess"
  • Murielcharacter on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
  • Muriel Blandingswife of the title character in "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House"
  • Muriel Goldmancharacter on TV's "Family Guy"
  • Murielwise old goat in George Orwell's "Animal Farm"
  • Lady Muriel Ormemain character in Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno novels
  • Muriel McCombermain character in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" (1933)
  • Muriel Pritchettcharacter in Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist" (1985)
  • Muriel StacyAnne's teacher in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
  • Murielvillain in film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" (2013)
  • Murielcharacter in 1998 made,for,tv film "David and Lisa"
  • Muriel GlassSeymour Glass's girlfriend and then wife in J.D.Salinger's works
  • Chandler Muriel Bingcharacter on NBC's "Friends"