Muriel

First Name
55k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Muriel

"Muriel" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Sea bright". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Muireall, from muir (“see”), from Old Irish muir, from Proto-Celtic *mori, from Proto-Indo-European *móri; + geal (“white, bright”), from Old Irish gel, from Proto-Celtic *gelos, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₂- (“to shine”).

  1. A female given name of mostly British usage.

Muriel was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Muriel

Teresa Wright was an actress. She was most prominent from 1941 to 1997. Teresa was given the name Muriel Teresa Wright on October 27th, 1918 in Harlem, NYC, New York, U.S. She died on March 6th, 2005.

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Muriel Bowser is a --05- Member of the Council of the District of Columbia, from Ward 8th Mayor of the District of Columbia, and Member of theCouncil of the District of Columbia. Muriel was born on August 2nd, 1972 in North Michigan Park.

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Dame Muriel Spark was a writer. Dame was given the name Muriel Sarah Camberg on February 1st, 1918 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She died on April 13th, 2006.

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Muriel Rukeyser was a writer. Muriel was born on December 15th, 1913. She passed away on February 12th, 1980.

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Margot Bennett is an actress and publicist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 1973. Margot was given the name Muriel Eisenberg on February 19th, 1935 in Woodmere, New York.

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Muriel Pavlow is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1934 to 1934. Muriel was given the name Muriel Lilian Pavlow on June 27th, 1921 in Leigh, Kent, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Muriel

Luis Muriel is a soccer player for the U.C. Sampdoria, Junior F.C., Deportivo Cali, Udinese Calcio, Granada CF, U.S. Lecce, Colombia national under-20 football team, and Colombia national football team. Luis was born on April 16th, 1991 in Santo Tomás, Colombia.

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Muriel is a soccer player for the Sport Club Internacional, Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul, and Associação Portuguesa de Desportos. Muriel was born on February 14th, 1987 in Novo Hamburgo.

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Alma Muriel was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to 2013. Alma was given the name Alma Muriel del Sordo on October 20th, 1951 in Mexico City. Alma is also known as Del Sordo and Alma Muriel. She left this life on January 5th, 2014.

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Emilio was born in 1910. He breathed his last breath in 1985.

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Juan Muriel is a sports team member for the Monagas Sport Club.

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How popular is the baby name Muriel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 7 7 0
1881 11 11 0
1882 15 15 0
1883 18 18 0
1884 22 22 0
1885 26 26 0
1886 25 25 0
1887 29 29 0
1888 43 43 0
1889 53 53 0
1890 58 58 0
1891 59 59 0
1892 69 69 0
1893 87 87 0
1894 89 89 0
1895 108 108 0
1896 144 144 0
1897 152 152 0
1898 129 129 0
1899 167 167 0
1900 224 224 0
1901 195 195 0
1902 206 206 0
1903 220 220 0
1904 214 214 0
1905 186 186 0
1906 226 221 5
1907 226 219 7
1908 262 262 0
1909 316 311 5
1910 365 365 0
1911 353 353 0
1912 705 695 10
1913 892 882 10
1914 1,141 1,133 8
1915 1,453 1,445 8
1916 1,535 1,524 11
1917 1,730 1,714 16
1918 1,812 1,797 15
1919 1,824 1,793 31
1920 2,089 2,071 18
1921 2,279 2,248 31
1922 2,407 2,392 15
1923 2,387 2,359 28
1924 2,261 2,237 24
1925 2,248 2,215 33
1926 2,065 2,027 38
1927 1,836 1,808 28
1928 1,687 1,660 27
1929 1,489 1,463 26
1930 1,374 1,342 32
1931 1,101 1,079 22
1932 1,068 1,045 23
1933 886 872 14
1934 844 828 16
1935 815 798 17
1936 707 697 10
1937 719 702 17
1938 717 706 11
1939 599 584 15
1940 602 580 22
1941 550 541 9
1942 537 517 20
1943 542 531 11
1944 480 472 8
1945 396 390 6
1946 408 399 9
1947 461 448 13
1948 396 386 10
1949 417 402 15
1950 338 330 8
1951 346 333 13
1952 319 319 0
1953 320 310 10
1954 273 267 6
1955 251 245 6
1956 227 219 8
1957 217 217 0
1958 169 169 0
1959 168 163 5
1960 168 168 0
1961 179 172 7
1962 163 163 0
1963 175 175 0
1964 141 141 0
1965 107 107 0
1966 110 105 5
1967 84 84 0
1968 81 81 0
1969 67 67 0
1970 76 76 0
1971 81 81 0
1972 46 46 0
1973 53 53 0
1974 41 41 0
1975 55 55 0
1976 27 27 0
1977 40 40 0
1978 49 49 0
1979 29 29 0
1980 51 51 0
1981 33 33 0
1982 42 42 0
1983 40 40 0
1984 36 36 0
1985 37 37 0
1986 59 59 0
1987 48 48 0
1988 37 37 0
1989 47 47 0
1990 37 37 0
1991 42 42 0
1992 34 34 0
1993 42 42 0
1994 25 25 0
1995 37 37 0
1996 45 45 0
1997 34 34 0
1998 41 41 0
1999 23 23 0
2000 32 32 0
2001 30 30 0
2002 38 38 0
2003 30 30 0
2004 27 27 0
2005 27 27 0
2006 33 33 0
2007 30 30 0
2008 31 31 0
2009 20 20 0
2010 22 22 0
2011 21 21 0
2012 16 16 0
2013 15 15 0
2014 30 30 0
2015 28 28 0
2016 21 21 0

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Popularity of Muriel as a first name

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Popularity of Muriel as a last name

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Common last names for Muriel

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • Nelson
  • Lewis
  • Harris

Common first names for Muriel

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Muriel U.S.
  White 10.57% 64.26%
  African American 5.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.19% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.45% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 80.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Muriel

People with the last name Muriel are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Muriel

  • How Popular is the name Muriel? Muriel is the 922nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Muriel was the 16,238th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Muriel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 55,404 babies born with the first name Muriel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Muriel to occupy the country of Marshall Islands with an estimated population of 54,305 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Muriel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Muriel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Muriel is Sunday, October 6th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Muriel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Muriel was in 1922 with a total of 2,392 babies. That's a lot of babies named Muriel!
  • Random Muriel Factoid: According to the 1932 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Muriel ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 19 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1932.
  • Weird things about the name Muriel: Your name in reverse order is Leirum. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uemirl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Muriel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,778 people with the last name Muriel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Muriel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Muriel as their last name since less than 1 person in 167k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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