Muriel (given name)

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Muriel is an English name derived from Celtic elements meaning "sea" and "bright"
Other names
Cognate(s)Muireall (Scottish Gaelic), Muirgheal (Irish)

Muriel /ˈmjʊəriəl/[1] is a feminine given name in the English language.


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 [2] in the mid-19th century, facilitated by Dinah Craik's 1856 novel John Halifax, Gentleman whose title character's daughter is named Muriel; born in 1802 Muriel is said to be named "after the rather peculiar name of John's mother." [3] Usage of Muriel peaked in the early 1920s and has subsequently declined.[4]

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  1. ^ Muriel,, retrieved 4 February 2011 which cited: Unabridged, Random House.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Dinah Craik John Halifax, Gentleman Kessinger Publishing p. 262
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  5. ^ "Fox, Muriel, 1928- . Papers of NOW officer Muriel Fox, 1966-1971: A Finding Aid". 1928-02-03. Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  6. ^ Hilton, Lisa (2008). Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens. London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 9780297852612.