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What does Gabriel mean?

Gabriel /gab-ri-el/ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' name Gabriel) is pronounced GAY-bree-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Gabriel is "man of God; my strength is God".

From Hebrew gheber "man", or gabar "strong", combined with el "god". Biblical: the archangel Gabriel, messenger of God and intermediary between God and man, is only angel besides Michael named in the canonical Scriptures. He appeared to Daniel in the Old Testament, to Zacharias in the New Testament, and to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus. In Islamic tradition, Gabriel is the angel who dictated the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. Musician Peter Gabriel; author Gabriel Garcia Marquez; football player Roman Gabriel; actor Gabriel Byrne.

Associated with: roman


Gabriel has 21 variants: Gab, Gabbi, Gabbie, Gabby, Gabe, Gabi, Gabie, Gabor, Gabrian, Gabriele, Gabrielli, Gabriello, Gaby, Garbriele, Gavrel, Gavriel, Gavril, Gavrilo, Gay, Jabril and Jibril.

Related boy name: Gable.

Gabriel has 1 feminine form: Gabrielle.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Gariel, Garriel, ..

(female) Gabrilia, Gabritel, ..

How popular is Gabriel?

Gabriel is a very prominent first name for men (#220 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#1482 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Gabriel for boys. Gabriel reached its apex rank of #21 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is at #24 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Gabriel (#24 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000 are Gabe (#1839 the previous year), Gavriel (#1988), Gay and Jabril. Usage of these relations of Gabriel was well-received less than a decade ago (usage of 0.7%) and is almost as conventional today (usage 0.6%, down 15%). Gabriel is the most chic birth name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gabriel, Gabe, Gavriel, Gay, Jabril in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Abiel, Abriel, Adriel, Aeriel, Ahbiel (see Abiel), Andriel, Ariel, Azriel, Bartel, Carel, Carmel, Carvel, Cassiel, Dalziel, Daniel, Darel, Dariel, Darnel, Daviel, Gaddiel, Gadiel, Gael, Gail, Gaill, Galil, Gamaliel, Gamel, Gamliel (see Gamaliel), Gammel, Gardie, Gared, Garek, Garen, Garey, Garfield, Gari, Garin, Garion, Garith, Garmen, Garnet, Garret, Garrie, Garrin, Garrith, Garritt, Garrvey (see Garvey), Garrvie (see Garvey), Garve, Garvey, Garwen, Gerrie, Guriel, Hadriel, Hanniel, Harel, Harrel, Jamiel, Jarrel, Jeriel, Kaniel, Karel, Karmel, Malkiel, Marcel, Mardel, Markel, Martel, Marvel, Moriel, Nabeel, Nooriel, Nuriel, Sachiel and Zuriel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gabriel.