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Muriel (F)>

Muriel (female)

Variants:Mariel (F) Marion (F) Meriel (F) Muireall (F) Muirgheal (F) Muiriol (F)
Pet Name(s):Mimi (F) Molly (F)
Derivative(s):Merrill (M)
Can be spelt:Murial (F) Murielle (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Personal communication [BF]

English from Old Celtic "sea bright"

Muriel and Meriel were early variants of Muireall, a Scottish Gaelic name which was Anglicized as Marion. They were revived in the 19th century but only Muriel remained popular.

A correspondent [BF] recalls a relative whose given name was Muriel having the pet name Mimi but we are unsure if this is an established usage.