Muriel is a feminine  given name in the English language.
Origin/history [ edit ]
The name is of
Gaelic origin and was originally spelt as Muirgheal ( muir "sea", gheal "bright") in Irish and Muireall in Scottish Gaelic. Various versions have long been evident in Breton, Irish, and Scottish Gaelic languages. The name was very common in medieval England, typically in the form of "Merial", and unusually for a name of Celtic origin remained common after the Norman Conquest although rare from about 1300. Remaining common in Scotland as Muriel, the name in this form was introduced back into England in the mid-19th century, facilitated by  Dinah Craik's 1856 novel whose title character's daughter is named John Halifax, Gentleman Muriel; born in 1802 Muriel is said to be named "after the rather peculiar name of John's mother." Usage of  Muriel peaked in the early 1920s and has subsequently declined.
List of persons with the given name [ edit ]
Muriel Anderson (born 1960), American guitarist
Muriel Angelus (1909–2004), British actress
Muriel Barbery (born 1969), Moroccan-born French novelist
Muriel Beaumont (1881–1957), British actress
Muriel Bell (1898–1974), New Zealand nutritionist and researcher
Muriel Box (1905–1991), British screenwriter and film director
Muriel Brandolini, French-Vietnamese interior designer
Muriel Brunskill (1899–1980), British contralto
Muriel Casals i Couturier (1945–2016), French-born Catalan economist
Muriel Cooper (1925–1994), American artist and designer
Muriel Davisson, American neuroscientist
Muriel Day (born 1942), Irish singer
Muriel Duckworth (1908–2009), Canadian activist
Muriel Evans (1910-2000), American actress
Muriel Fox (born 1928), American public relations executive and feminist activist 
Muriel Gray (born 1958), Scottish author, broadcaster and journalist
Muriel Gustavo Becker (born 1987), Brazilian male footballer
Muriel Humphrey Brown, (1912-1998), American "second lady," political wife and activist; and, briefly, a U.S. Senator
Muriel Kovitz (born 1926), Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary
Muriel Moody (1907- 1991), New Zealand ceramic artist
Muriel Nissel (1921–2010), British statistician and civil servant
Lady Muriel Paget (1876-1938), English aristocrat, humanitarian, and relief organiser.
Muriel Pavlow (born 1921), British actress
Muriel Robinson (born 1954), British academic administrator and education scholar
Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980), American poet and political activist
Muriel Smith (1923–1985), American mezzo-soprano
Muriel Spark (1918–2006), British novelist Muriel the Poetess (11th century), poet at Wilton Abbey 
List of fictional characters with the given name [ edit ]
Muriel (, a wise old goat in George Orwell's novel Animal Farm) Animal Farm Muriel, the main antagonist in the 2013 film
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Muriel, hotel maid who was a
recurring character in the family sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Muriel Bagge, one of the main
characters in Courage the Cowardly Dog
Chandler Muriel Bing, one of the male lead roles in the US TV sitcom Friends (1994-2004) Muriel Heslop, lead character in the iconic 1994 Australian film
Muriel's Wedding Muriel McComber, teenage lead role in the Eugene O'Neill play
(1933) Ah, Wilderness! Lady Muriel Orme, one of the main characters in Lewis Carroll's
novels Sylvie and Bruno Muriel Pritchett, character in the Anne Tyler novel
(1985) The Accidental Tourist Muriel Rush, female lead role in the sitcom
Too Close for Comfort Muriel Stacy, Anne's teacher in
Anne of Green Gables, which had a big influence upon the development of the main character Muriel Weasley, elderly gossipy great-aunt of Ron Weasley in
(2009) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Muriel, a character in Salinger's short story "Banana Fish".
Muriel Taggert, the villain of the first "
Fablehaven" book Muriel, a side character in the visual novel "The Arcana: a mystic romance"
Muriel P. Finster, one of the characters of the animated series
Recess Muriel, an angel, the youngest brother of angels Lucifer Morningstar and Uriel in Fox’s
Lucifer Muriel Hardwicke, the main antagonist of Eva Ibbotson's 1981 historical romance A Countess Below Stairs.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
, Muriel Dictionary.com , retrieved 4 February 2011 which cited: Dictionary.com Unabridged, Random House .
Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, pp. 199, 352, 406, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
^ Dinah Craik
John Halifax, Gentleman Kessinger Publishing p. 262
"Fox, Muriel, 1928- . Papers of NOW officer Muriel Fox, 1966-1971: A Finding Aid". Oasis.lib.harvard.edu. 1928-02-03 . Retrieved . 2018-02-21
Hilton, Lisa (2008). Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens. London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 9780297852612.