(Closed) a boy named Ariel

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Where I grew up (NJ) Ariel was almost exclusively a male name (I’m only 26 here, so take that for what it is!).  There was only 1 girl I ever met named Arielle (different spelling and different pronunciation).  Girls were usually “Ariela” pronounced “Ahh-ree-el-uh”. Ariel usually got shortened to Ari.

The thing is The Little Mermaid came out 30 years ago so for our age group it is going to be highly associated with the name, but kids now and in a few years will know it less strongly tied to the mermaid (obviously most of them will still know it, but its not quite as much at the forefront of the mind–like, sure, I know Sleeping Beauty’s real name was Aurora and they say it throughout the movie, but she’s not the first thing I think of when I hear that name)

Post # 48
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Choosing that name for a son in North America is ensuring that he is going to have to play the game of life on hard mode.

It’s a shame, because it sounds like it could have been a strong, manly name, unlike Arielle. What about maybe Aaron?

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

 

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@bearlove: I grew up in NYC and agree.

My cousin’s name is Ariel. He’s about 23 now. Never seemed to have an issue.

I actually have a close friend, Arielle, who’s parents orginally named her “Ariel” and changed her name when she was about 3 because her parents felt it was too masculine or that she would be confused for a boy.

Post # 50
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Bumble bee

I just asked my kids what they thought of Ariel for a boys name and they laughed..

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My ex-husband’s first name, besides him being a bdag, he got made fun of because of the little mermaid a lot!  It’s also a biblical name for a male. He was hispanic and people always asssumed her was Jewish as well.  I vote no mostly because of negetive feelings. 

Post # 52
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

I have family male members named Ariel.  It’s a boy’s name in Latin America so I see no issues (including Mexico; for those who commented about it not working well in north america).  But its pronounced Ah-ree-elle.  I dont think I would like the american sounding air-ee-ail for a male. 

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I recognize Ariel as a boy’s name. At least in spanish it is male.

I remeber being a little girl and watching the little mermaid and thinking “Why would they name her after a guy??” lol

But i wouldnt use it in the states, he would be teased…

Post # 54
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

My best friend all through middle and high school was named Ariyel (pronounced Ar-e-yel), which has a really great religious meaning. Even he got The Little Mermaid jokes and his name doesn’t even really sound like Ariel. 

Post # 55
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I feel that no matter what you name your kid, if other kids want to make fun of his name, they will. Even the most normal sounding names… and if not that, they will find other reasons to make fun of your kid if they want to.

 

Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i know a few guys named kim and one named courtney. and yeah we kinda snicker behind there back when i first found out. if i was a boy named ariel i would go by L. or my middle name. so he probelly wont go by it when he gets older.

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Not really a fan of the name. 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

Avoid it.

But then again, names that I think sound feminine (or are even derived from feminine names) are becoming more popular in the US. I see a future in which kids with names like “Brutus” will be getting beat up for having feminine names, at the current trade. In 20 years, the feminized names probably will be considered the masculine ones.

But in my opinion? No.

Post # 60
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Buzzing bee

Someone is going to call his name and when he is responds they will say “oh.” Its expected that it is a girl name. No sense in putting the kid through torture his entire life.

 

Post # 61
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

This sounds like an awful idea unless it’s common in YOUR culture.

Post # 62
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’d do it for a boy.  But I’m Jewish and that’s a common name in my community.  I know a few.  Kids will always find something to bully each other about, and I’d rather not take a really powerful, lovely Hebrew name out of circulation because kids might be jerks on the playground.

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