What does Gabriel mean?
Gabriel \g(a)-briel, gab-riel\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Gable.
Gabriel has 1 feminine form: Gabrielle.
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)
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)
Prominent variation forms of Gabriel (#24 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Gabe and Gay. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in the year 2010 (usage of 0.3263%) and has remained as widespread to this day (usage 0.3253%, down 0.3%), but with the version Gabe becoming less in vogue. Gabriel (#24) is the most chic birth name in this compilation. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Gabriel and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)