Muriel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Muriel

Muriel

Pronunciation: MYOO-ree-əl (key)

Origin of the name Muriel:

Anglicized form of the Irish Muirgheal and the Scottish Muireall, names composed from the Old Celtic elements muir (sea) and geal (bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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We had a family friend growing up who was named Muriel and lived to be 96. I only knew her at the end of her life but she was vivacious and always ready with a big smile. She was born circa 1900 in Georgia as one of many many children but moved out in her early twenties to live in New York. She was always independent and loved learning new things, even getting a computer in her late 80's and teaching herself how to use it. I will always remember her kindness, sincerity, and quick wit!

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Famous real-life people named Muriel: | Edit

Muriel Rukeyser, American poet
Muriel Spark, English novelist best known for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
Muriel Duckworth, Canadian peace activist

Muriel in song, story & screen: | Edit

Muriel Heslop, naive protagonist of the Australian film "Muriel's Wedding", played by Toni Collette.
Muriel Pritchett, quirky dog trainer who becomes a catalyst for change in the novel and later film, "The Accidental Tourist" by Anne Tyler.
Muriel, wise goat in George Orwell's novel "Animal Farm".
Muriel, housekeeper in "The Suite Life of Zach & Cody".
Muriel is the middle name of Chandler Bing in the TV series "Friends".
Song lyric - "Muriel plays piano every Friday at the Hollywood", "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn

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