(Closed) a boy named Ariel

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 62
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am a New Yorker who just named my son Ariel (pronounced ah-ree-el). So far the reactions have been mainly positive. It is originally a male name, in many cultures (Jewish, European, Latin American..), it is primarily used for boys. Unless you live in an all white American community, people are bound to know male Ariels (if not more than female ones). It means divine lion, symbolizing strength and courage.  Lions are also kings of the jungle. I will teach my son this meaning and to be proud of his name.  Kids will find just about anything to pick on.. The key is giving your children the tools to deal with it.  Also, it can easily be shortened to Ari, Riel and Arik (common in Israel). We leive in an era where anything goes with names (Brooklyn, Apple, Jaxson), especially gender-wise (Wyatt is now a girls name), so I think bullying based on names, especially a somewhat known one like Ariel, is going to be less of an issue.  I believe in reclaiming it as a male name (even if females want to use it too) and not being afraid of some Disney mermaid. 

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Post # 62
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Busy bee

I would not name a boy Ariel if I lived in North America.

Post # 63
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I loved 

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LuckyLadybug:‘s explanation of the name, but when I saw the title of your thread all I could think of was:

Post # 64
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Well I thought of Shakespeare’s The Tempest when I saw this thread. It’s a lovely name but I probably wouldn’t risk it myself. In the UK, it’s a very famous washing powder brand. 

Post # 65
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Busy bee

Aside from the little mermaid association, the name Ariel was forever ruined when Ariel Castro was revealed for what he’s done  it’s too uncommon a boys name to not be associated with him. It’s not like Ted or Gary..

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Helper bee

My first thought is Ariel of The Tempest not The Little Mermaid 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

A boy named Ariel – poor little dude,  school is not going to be kind to him 

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Busy bee

When i saw the title of this thread, I immediately thought of the little mermaid.

i’d avoid this name for a boy OR a girl at this point… it’s too Disney-fied.

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