Meaning and name origin
Gabriel \g(a)-briel, gab-riel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Gable.
There is 1 feminine form of Gabriel: Gabrielle.
Gabriel is a very popular first name for males (#220 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1509 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gabriel for boys. Gabriel reached its highest rank of #21 in the U.S. in 2010 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gabriel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gabriel (#24), Gay and Gabe. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).