Gender: Female Meaning of Mariel: "drop of the sea, bitter, or beloved" Origin of Mariel: Dutch diminutive of Mary

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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Pop Culture References for the name Mariel

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

Mariel's International Variations

Marieke (Dutch)


elisabeth_terceiro Says:


marley ot mariel? i cant decide.

CarolAnn Says:


This is my daughter's name. We pronounce it like Ariel with an M, but a lot of people also pronounce it Mary-Elle. She answers to both easily :) It fits her to a T and she gets a lot of compliments!

clairelaliberte Says:


I think this name sounds the exact opposite of its meaning: sweet and gentle. I love it.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Thank you :)

Mariel Johnson Says:


My name is Mariel and I pronounce it "Mary-Elle" but I've heard other people with the name pronounce it "ma-riel", like how you would pronounce "Ariel" but with an M.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Thank you :)

sweetpeacelove Says:


That's how I would. My name is Marielle and I pronounce it Mary-El. I have met someone with the same name who pronounces it more like Mah-ree-el though.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


How do you pronounce this name? Is it pronounced Mary-El or something different?