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Gender: Female Meaning of Mariel: "bitter" Origin of Mariel: Dutch and French, diminutive of Mary

The name Mariel is a girl's name of French, Dutch origin meaning "bitter". Mariel and is often added to lists like Classic Baby Names with a Twist and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Mariel

Mariel Hemingway, American actress and granddaughter of writer Ernest Hemingway
Mariel Zagunis, American fencer
Mariel Margaret "Mia" Hamm, American soccer player
Mariel Rodriguez (born Maria Erlinda Lucille Sazon Termulo-Padilla), Filipina model/actress
Mariel Viray Pamintuan, Filipina actress

Pop Culture References for the name Mariel

Mariel Gullwhacker, mouse character in the Redwall series

Mariel, a song by cellist Maya Beiser.

Mariele, Marietta, Mariela, Marelia, Marial, Marielle, Mariet, Marelle

Mariel's International Variations

Marieke (Dutch)