What does Angel mean?
Angel /an-gel/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' 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". Biblical: name for the spirit creatures sent by God to men as His messengers. The original Greek form Angelo is more popular now, as Angel is usually a girl's name. Literary: in Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", a major male character is named Angel Clare. Both forms are popular in Spanish-speaking countries. Jockey Angel Cordero.
How popular is Angel?
Angel is a very prominent first name for men (#205 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1704 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Angel for boys. Angel entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its peak rank of #31 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is currently at #67. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Angel and associated names. Angelo (#315 a year ago) is the only other popular variation form of Angel (#67 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in the year 2005 (usage of 0.8555%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.809%, ▼5.4%). Angelo (#315) and Angel (#67) are two of the more trendy birth names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)