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What does Angel mean?

Angel Pronunciation of Angel 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, biblical, popular (famous), angel


VARIANTS Andjelko, Ange, Angelino, Angell, Angelmo, Angelo, Angie, Angy, Aniol, Anjel, Anjelo, Anyoli, Ohngel, Ohnjel, Onjel, Onjello, Onnjel, Onnjelo

(male) Argel, ..

(female) Angia, ..

Angel Jaxston (A.J.), ..

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Angel reached its peak rank of #31 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is currently at #72. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Angelo (#330 A YEAR AGO) and Anjel are the popular variation forms of Angel (#72) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Angel were favored as baby names in the year 2006 (AVERAGE #763) and are somewhat less conventional today (#800, 47%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Angel, Angelo, Anjel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Angel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Aage, Abdel, Abel, Abiel, Abyel, Acel, Adael, Adeel, Adel, Adiel, Airel, Aksel, Alger, Algey, Amel, Amiel, Amyel, Anael, Ancell, Ander, Angus, Anker, Anse, Ansel, Ansell, Anselm, Antal, Anteo, Antol, Anwel, Anwell, Anwil, Anwyl, Ardel, Arel, Ariel, Arnel, Aryel, Asael, Asiel, Askel, Aurel, Avel, Aviel, Avrel, Avyel, Axel, Nagel, Nigel, Nygel and Rigel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Angel.

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