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Gender: Female Meaning of Muriel: "of the bright sea" Origin of Muriel: Irish

The name Muriel is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "of the bright sea". Muriel and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

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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.

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Famous People Named Muriel

Muriel Sarah Spark, Scottish novelist
(Violette) Muriel Box, English screenwriter and director
Muriel Faye "Mickie" Siebert, American financier; first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange
Muriel Rukeyser, American poet
Muriel Day, Northern Irish singer
Muriel Elizabeth Bowser, American politician; mayor of the District of Columbia
Muriel Irene McBrien Kauffman, American philanthropist; founding co-owner of the Kansas City Royals baseball team
Muriel Lilian Pavlow, British actress
Muriel Burrell Smith, American singer and actress
Muriel Beaumont, Lady du Maurier, English actress; mother of novelist Daphne du Maurier
Muriel Boucher-Zazoui, French ice dancing coach
Muriel Angelus, English actress

Pop Culture References for the name Muriel

Muriel Rush, character on TV's "Too Close for Comfort"
"Muriel's Wedding," 1994 film
Muriel Heslop, main character in "Muriel's Wedding"
Great Aunt Muriel Weasley, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Muriel Bagge, elderly main character on animated series "Courage the Cowardly Dog"
Muriel P. Finster, character in animated series "Recess"
Muriel, character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody"
Muriel Blandings, wife of the title character in "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House"
Muriel Goldman, character on TV's "Family Guy"
Muriel, wise old goat in George Orwell's "Animal Farm"
Lady Muriel Orme, main character in Lewis Carroll's Sylvie and Bruno novels
Muriel McComber, main character in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" (1933)
Muriel Pritchett, character in Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist" (1985)
Muriel Stacy, Anne's teacher in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Muriel, villain in film "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" (2013)
Muriel, character in 1998 made-for-tv film "David and Lisa"
Muriel Glass, Seymour Glass's girlfriend and then wife in J.D.Salinger's works
Chandler Muriel Bing, character on NBC's "Friends"

Murial, Meriol, Merriel, Merrill, Merrial, Murielia, Muriell, Muire

Muriel's International Variations

Meriel, Murielle, Muiriol, Muirgheal, Merial (Irish) Muireall (Scottish)