Just saw that a distant friend of mine was tagged in pictures with a baby girl, her goddaughter so it seems, whose name is Aril. My first thought when I read it was that mother must have spelt Ariel without the -e- by mistake up until I realised Aril is her actual name. I have never heard it before and my first thought was what a strange name. At second thought I found it quite interesting though I'm not sure I'm even pronouncing it right.

How would you pronounce Aril? Is it EH-ryll (with an american A as in arrow, not sure how to spell it out), AH-ryll (like the British A) or AY-ryll? Or something completely different? Can you tell me anything about this name? Do you like this name?

I'm still not sure whether I love this name or hate it, but thought it could be something interesting for the middle name spot... 


September 4, 2015 6:13 PM

Never heard of it before.  My 1st thought was that it probably sounds like Errol.  There is a user submitted entry for it on behind the name that states it's a rare Swedish/Norwegian name that is a variant of Arild.  If this is true, I'd guess something like ah-reel could be correct.

There is also an entry for aril on wikepedia, apparentlly it is a "specialized outgrowth from a seed that partially or completely covers the seed."  So, the mace part of nutmeg.  If they weren't inspired by Errol or the supposed Swedish name, maybe the parents intended it as an unusual botanical name?

September 4, 2015 6:35 PM

It's mostly familiar to me as "the name for each individual bit of pomegranate"... so in families that like to eat pomegranate, it can be a part of a toddler vocabulary. (Parents, don't let your kids get hooked on pomegranate. It is way too high-effort to prise all of the arils off the pith.)

Although wikipedia informs me that pomegranate seeds don't actually have arils, but rather sarcotesta, so maybe we have a vocab lesson coming the direction of our house right about now.

September 12, 2015 10:13 PM

This was my first thought also (and we're way addicted here--although I found a quick way to loose them!). 

Hmmm..... now I need to go to wikipedia. Interesting!


September 13, 2015 5:21 PM

What's your secret? We crumble underwater, which is pretty quick, actually -- I suspect the answer is really just for me to be patient and accept that pomegranate is just never going to be as low-effort as, say, a banana.

September 21, 2015 5:10 PM

So Cut it in half, then turn it flat side down on a cutting board. Then whack it with the back side of a tablespoon for about 30-60 seconds. It gets out aggression too. ;-)

September 21, 2015 5:19 PM

Ooh, I'll have to try that. Although to be honest, half the fun of pomegranates for me is the "digging for rubies" aspect...slightly less fun now that I'm a grown-up and responsible for laundry ;-).

September 21, 2015 5:37 PM

I usually just set myself up with a movie, a paring knife, two bowls, and a large towel on the couch. ;-) 

Sometimes I'm feeding the kids though.