Meaning and Name Origin
Angel \a-ngel, an-gel\ as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Angel) is pronounced AHN-hail, AIN-jel. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Angel is "messenger; messenger of God". Derived from the Church Latin name Angelus, from Greek "angelos". The influence of the word "angel" makes the name an affectionate term of address for a good (or pretty) little girl. Angel is common as an American Black girl's name.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Angela.
Angel is a very popular first name for females (#424 out of 4276, Top 10%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#2370 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Angel for girls. Angel was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #104 in the U.S. in 2001, and is at #275 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Angel and associated names. The only other prominent variation form of Angel (#275 in 2014) is Angela (#191 in 2014). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity in the year 2001 and are now much less popular. Angel (#275) and Angela (#191) are two of the more chic baby names in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Angel▲ is alike in pronunciation to Aingeal, Angele, Angell, Angelle, Angil, Anjel and Anngil. Other suggested similar baby names are Ange, Angelee, Angeles, Angeli, Angelia▼, Angella, Angelyn, Angila, Angla, Anglea, Anjela and Anngela. These names tend to be less frequently used than Angel.