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What does Angela mean?

Angela Pronunciation of Angela [an-gela] as a girls' name is pronounced AN-je-lah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Angela is "messenger; angel, messenger of God". From Church Latin, a feminine form of the boy's name Angelus. The older feminine form Angelis has been replaced by Angela, which became popular in Britain and America from the 18th century. The word "angel" is also used as an affectionate term for a good (or pretty) girl. Angie is the pet form; Aingeal is the Irish Gaelic version. Actresses Angela Lansbury, Angelis Dickinson, Angela Bassett, Angelina Jolie, Angie Harmon.

Associated with: greek, messenger (prophet), angel, britain (england), 18th century, good, pretty (beautiful).


Angela has 47 variants: Aingeal, Andjelija, Andjelka, Ange, Angel, Angele, Angelee, Angelena, Angelene, Angeles, Angeleta, Angeli, Angelia, Angelica, Angelika, Angeliki, Angelina, Angeline, Angelique, Angelita, Angell, Angella, Angelle, Angellina, Angelyn, Angelynn, Angie, Angil, Angila, Angla, Anglea, Angy, Angyola, Aniela, Anjel, Anjela, Anjelica, Anjelika, Anjewela, Anngela, Anngil, Anngilla, Anngiola, Annijilla, Annjela, Gelya and Tangela.

Affiliated girl names: Anela, Dangelis, Evangeline and Onnjel.

Creative forms:
(female) Angesa, ..

(male) Angeal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Angela Whitley (A.W.), ..

How popular is Angela?

Angela is a very prominent first name for females (#29 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#77742 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Angela reached its peak position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #220. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Angela name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Angela outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Angel (#290 via latest list), Angele, Angelena, Angeles, Angelia, Angelica (#425), Angelika, Angelina (#164), Angeline (#951), Angelique (#568), Angelita, Angella, Angie (#587), Anglea, Anjelica, Evangeline (#261) and Tangela are the popular varying forms of Angela (#220 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Angela were favored in the 1970s (adoption of 2.73%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 0.46%, 83%), with forms such as Angelia becoming less in vogue. Angela is more widely used than the rest, though Angelina is currently the preferred form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Angela, Angel, Angele, Angelena, Angeles in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Angelia, Angelica, Angelika, Angelina, Angeline in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Angelique, Angelita, Angella, Angie, Anglea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Anjelica, Evangeline, Tangela in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Angela, Angelica, Angelina outside U.S.

Similar Names

Angela is alike in pronunciation to Angelea and Onjella. Other recommended names are Abeeja (see Abijah), Abiela, Abila, Adeena, Adel, Adela, Adelia, Adell, Adeola, Aeeda, Aegina, Agna, Agnella (see Agnes), Agota, Akela, Akiela, Alea, Aleda, Aleka, Alla, Allena, Almeda, Almeta, Ameena, Amena, Anabella, Anakela, Ananda, Andena, Andera, Andrea, Andreya, Andria, Aneeta, Anet, Aneta, Angle, Angyalka (see Angelica), Anicka, Anika, Anitia, Anjali, Anneka, Annslea, Anselma, Anslea, Anthea, Antheya, Anuhea, Anuska, Anwen, Anysia, Arbela, Ardea, Ardelia, Arela, Arely, Argelia, Ariela, Asela, Ashely, Ashla, Athena, Aurel, Aviela, Dangela, Fidela, Gizela, Mykela, Nela, Odela, Onella and Shiela. These names tend to be less commonly used than Angela.

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