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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ariel
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ariel in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Ariel:
Records indicate that 14,846 boys in the United States have been named Ariel since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1991, when 664 people in the U.S. were given the name Ariel. Those people are now 28 years old.
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Comments about the name Ariel
Based on the comments submitted below
9 Positive Comments
"My name is Ariel I grown into it I used to hate it but my parents are foreigns sooo yeah for me Ariel is pronounced ARRR EEEEE LLLLL" Mar. 7, 2019:
"My sons name is Ariel. We call him Ari. He was just born in April. We are not Jewish. My husband is Hispanic and it is one of his brother's middle name. I liked the name from the moment I heard it, and when I found out the meaning, "Lion of God", I fell in love with it. My son's name means "Lion of God, Powerful Leader", because his middle name is Ricardo. I will teach my son to be proud of his names and not allow anyone to make him feel bad about them and if bullies won't leave him alone, I will tell him to just laugh and start singing "Under the Sea."" Jul. 13, 2014:
"My name is April G angel I think Ariel is a lovely first thing for a boy or a girl And I also think April is a lovely name for a boy or a girl to" Jul. 5, 2014:
"My name is Ariel and I'm a man. It's an ancient and powerful name, quite literally meaning 'Lion of God" in Hebrew. While the Disney movie feminized the name recently, it' still a masculine name. I'm proud of my name, even though I was teased somewhat when I was a little kid. Now people remember be very easily and I stand out and am remembered unlike other people with generic names. If you raise your boy properly a little bullying wont touch him, the name is good. I like it, and so does everyone I know." Jun. 25, 2012:
"I LOVE this naem for a boy and my husband and I are really considering it, but we are so afraid of how much harassment he would get because of "The Little Mermaid". Kids can be cruel. I really wish more people knew that it is a boy's name" Feb. 17, 2011:
"Amazing name, for a BOY! Hate it for a girl, its cheesy and tacky" Feb. 2, 2010:
"Unfortunately, ignorance, especially in the United States, has led to "Ariel" being used as a girl's name. As others here have noted, it literally does mean "Lion of God", not "Lioness of God". The spike in popularity as a girl's name after the release of a movie is not coincidental. American women who were children or young adults at the time "The Little Mermaid" was released were so heavily influenced by the film, and so tragically under-educated, that they resorted to giving their daughters innately masculine names. "Ariel" isn't even the name of Hans Christian Andersen's mermaid. A similar, and more dramatic thing happened after the release of "Splash". Mothers ultimately ended up losing their sanity completely, naming their daughters "Madison", which is, essentially, "Maud's son". Why on Earth would one do such a thing except out of total lack of even a decent education? For Pete's sake, the name "Madison" in "Splash" was even a JOKE, but some mothers evidently weren't observant enough to get it..." Oct. 2, 2009:
"This name was given to me by my Jewish father, though I myself am far removed from Jewish culture. Its quite rare outside of Jewish circles, literally meaning 'Lion of God'. Correctly pronounced 'Ah-ree-ehl', it causes few difficulties. The name has given me courage in the past, despite my lack of faith. The only criticism I would draw attention to is that it is sometimes regarded as unsuaul - but compared to many others, this is negatable and could almost be regarded as an advantage rather than disadvantage!" Sep. 23, 2006:
"Even though it is known to be a girl name, it is a very nice name for a boy and my good friends name is ariel." Jan. 15, 2006:
3 Negative Comments
"I love the name Ariel, but for a girl, not a boy. For a boy, Gabriel is better or just change it to Ari.
And to the person who said Disney's film about Ariel, The Little Mermaid, is terrible: It's not and many people love that movie." Apr. 16, 2009:
"I think of this a a girls name. and to be honest in the uk its one of the most popular washing powders you can buy, so sorry to all who love it, but i give it the thumbs down." Oct. 13, 2007:
"I know a guy called Ariel, I think the names abit naff considering everybody knows it's a washing powder, We'll never stop teasing him about that." Sep. 23, 2006:
7 Neutral Comments
"I love the name ariel. it is better for a boys name than a girls" Jul. 18, 2014:
"I HATE it as a girl..I love it as a boy. I named my 2nd son Ariel. (pronounced R-EE-L...not Air -Ee-El) Love it and Love him :)" Aug. 11, 2010:
"Ariel is a beautiful name for a girl. I would chose Ari for a boy." Jul. 30, 2008:
"I like it for a boys name though when I hear it I think of a girl I guess thats because of the little Mermaid lol" Feb. 12, 2008:
"Love the name Ariel, but for a girl. It reminds me of names like Ashley or Lindsey or Alexis-unisex, but chosen much more frequently for girls than for boys. I think Ari is a great choice for a boy though." Jan. 20, 2008:
"Ariel is most definitely a man's name as one of the comments notes, it means, "lion of God." Disney certainly made it difficult for my son, after their terrible film about a mermaid. But, he survived and is proud of his name and it's meaning. It is pronounced most appropriately, "Ah-ree-ehl" In Latin America, Ariel is the name of an important work of philosophy after the character "a spirit of enlightenment" struggling against the forces of utilitarianism for the future of youth of the Americas." Nov. 25, 2007:
"My name is Ariel but I am known as Ari (R-E). Ariel (pronounced in english as 'air-ee-ul')is now considered to be a woman's name. Ari sounds much more masculine to most people and I like it too. As for the washing powder comment below, how silly, Ariel is a biblical name with great meaning." May. 5, 2007:
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