Origin: Biblical Hebrew
Meaning: “lion of God.”
Eng (Air-ee-el): Mod Heb (AHR-ee-EL)
The name is from the Biblical Hebrew, meaning “lion of God” and is found in the Old Testament as another name for the city of Jerusalem.
In Jewish and Christian apocrypha, it is also the name of an archangel, believed to be the angel who has authority over the Earth and its elements.
As a given name, it has been used by Jews, exclusively as a masculine name for centuries. It has only been in recent years, most notably, following the release of Walt Disney’s, the Little Mermaid (1989), that is has been given to females.
As a male name, it was the 556th most popular male name in the United States (2009), while for females it was the 206th most popular (2009).
In 2006, Ariel was the 78th most popular male name in Chile.
Shakespeare used this name for one of his characters in his play, The Tempest (1611).
Other forms of the name include:
Feminine forms include:
Ariela (German/Modern Hebrew/Polish/Spanish)
Hebrew short forms for the masculine version include: Ari and Arik.
A Polish diminutive form is Arielka.
Other notable bearers include: Ariel Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister (b.1928); Polish soccer player, Ariel Jakubowski (b.1977); Polish Soccer Player, Ariel Borysiuk (b.1991); Argentine writer, Ariel Dorfman (b.1948); Mexican soap actor, Ariel López Padilla (b.1962); Argentine soccer player, Ariel Ortega (b.1974).
The designated name-day is October 1 (France).