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

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.

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Famous People Named Muriel

Pop Culture References for the name Muriel

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

Muriel's International Variations

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


QueenieGuldbaek Says:


You're terrible, Muriel.

clairels Says:


I had a teacher named Muriel growing up. I had never heard of anyone else named this, but weirdly she looked like a Muriel.

Catherine D Says:


You're terrible Muriel :P

(Kudos to anyone who's watched Muriel's Wedding)

danirose01 Says:


Pretty much the twin sister of Murray.

heathergrey Says:


I think Muriel has the most beautiful graceful sound to it and totally think if someone decided to spell it 'Miurielle' or something it would make a huge comeback. I don't know if it will shake off its old lady vibe soon which makes me sad but if I met a baby with this name I'd be surprised and delighted by it.

Floris Says:


My sports teacher was called Muriel... She was suuper nice and also wrote some rather popular books on teaching and has a workout cd.
I think it could be lovely as a middle name? Clarissa Muriel something something? (I'm currently obsessed with the name Clarissa)

snowsbeloved Says:


Yuck, I can't see the appeal. I can't put my finger on why but it just sounds unattractive :/

peachysugarbuns Says:


I grew up with a girl with this name (now we're 31 years old). I never thought it was "old lady-ish", but for some reason my voice didn't sound good saying "Muriel". Muriel's mom had a very clear, bright voice and made the name sound lovely. Funny how that works.

luella_madison Says:


I used to think this name was so I love it. It's interesting how tastes change...

lesliemarion Says:


Muriel sounds soft and strong. I think it's beautiful.

Caroline Says:


When I hear the name Muriel, I remember the old lady from Courage the Cowardly Dog and the Evil Witch from Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. :-( I don't like it!