What does Angel mean?
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 2 years ago) is the only other popular variation form of Angel (#67 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. These forms of Angel were favored as baby names in the year 2005 (average #144) and are somewhat less conventional today (#191, ▼5.4%). Angel is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Angelo appears to be becoming a favorite too. (2014 Birth Statistics)