What does Angela mean?
Angela \a-nge-la, 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 The older feminine form Angelis has been replaced by Angela, which became popular in Britain and America from the 18th century.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.
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.
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)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Angela for girls. Angela reached its peak position of #7 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #191. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Angela and affiliated names. Angel (#275 a year ago), Angeles, Angelia, Angelica (#437), Angelina (#153), Angeline (#847), Angelique (#413), Angelita, Angie (#550), Anjelica, Evangeline (#276) and Tangela are the popular varying forms of Angela (#191 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the top of their popularity in 2007 (usage of 0.4318%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3737%, down 13.5%), with the forms Angelia, Angeline, Angelita, Angie and Anjelica falling out of style. The most fashionable baby names among these are Angel (#275), Angela (#191), Angelina (#153), Angelique (#413) and Evangeline (#276), with Angelina and Evangeline enjoying a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)