Angel Name Meaning

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Fact: The name of the titular character in the TV show “Angel,” a spin-off from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” where the character Angel is a vampire with a soul.

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A Deep Dive

Angel Overview

Meaning

Angel, messenger

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

Greek

Etymology

Derived from the Greek word “angelos,” meaning “messenger.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈeɪndʒəl/

Popularity

Angel is a popular name in many cultures, especially in Spanish-speaking countries. Recently, Angel has consistently ranked within the top 100 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

5 letters

Numerology

3 (Expressive, Social, Artistic)

Name Styles

Modern, Religious and Spiritual, Short, Cute

Associated Traits

Kind, compassionate, protective, intelligent

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

The name Angel is associated with spiritual beings in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam who act as messengers and protectors of humans.

Name Day

October 2nd (Feast of the Guardian Angels)
A Deep Dive

Angel Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Angelo, Angelus, Angelino, Anjel, Angele

Common Nicknames

Ang, Gel, Angie, Gelo

Diminutives

Angy, Gel, Ange

Famous People

  • Angel Di Maria
    (Argentine Soccer Player)
  • Angel Coulby
    (British Actress)
  • Angel Olsen
    (American Musician)
  • Angel Locsin
    (Filipino Actress)
  • Angel Hernandez
    (Cuban-American Umpire)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Angel"
    (Novel)
  • Angel Dumott Schunard
    ("Rent," Musical)
  • "Angel Heart"
    (Film)
  • Angel Batista
    ("Dexter," TV Series)
  • Angel Clare
    ("Tess of the d'Urbervilles," Novel)
  • "Angel's Egg"
    (Film)

Places

  • Angel City
    (Texas, USA)
  • Angel Park
    (Nevada, USA)
  • Angel Island
    (California, USA)
  • Angel River
    (Baja California, Mexico)
  • Angel Falls
    (Bolívar, Venezuela)

What Is the Meaning of Angel?

Angel means “messenger” or “angelic” in Greek. The name often conveys a sense of purity and kindness, suggesting a person who is caring and compassionate with a gentle nature.

What Is the Origin of The Name Angel?

Angel originates from Greek, derived from the word “angelos,” which means “messenger.” It has been used in various cultures and languages, often associated with heavenly beings and virtues, and became popular in English-speaking countries over the centuries.

Angel Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Angel in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#672021#622022#632023
Top 3 Rankings#302006#322005#342007

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Angel

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202363
(-1 from 2022)
4865
(-226 from 2022)
0.26568
202262
(+5 from 2021)
5091
(+385 from 2021)
0.27181
202167
(+9 from 2020)
4706
(+186 from 2020)
0.25117
202076
(-4 from 2019)
4520
(-392 from 2019)
0.24437
201972
No change from 2018
4912
(-149 from 2018)
0.25560
201872
(-1 from 2017)
5061
(-210 from 2017)
0.26037
201771
(-1 from 2016)
5271
(-288 from 2016)
0.26633
201670
(-6 from 2015)
5559
(-554 from 2015)
0.27443
201564
(+3 from 2014)
6113
(-196 from 2014)
0.29901
201467
No change from 2013
6309
(-59 from 2013)
0.30787
201367
(-10 from 2012)
6368
(-655 from 2012)
0.31514
201257
(-5 from 2011)
7023
(-513 from 2011)
0.34610
201152
(-10 from 2010)
7536
(-1239 from 2010)
0.37097
201042
(-5 from 2009)
8775
(-1076 from 2009)
0.42713
200937
(-1 from 2008)
9851
(-505 from 2008)
0.46447
200836
(-2 from 2007)
10356
(-1018 from 2007)
0.47495
200734
(-4 from 2006)
11374
(-228 from 2006)
0.51348
200630
(+2 from 2005)
11602
(+609 from 2005)
0.52920
200532
(+12 from 2004)
10993
(+1477 from 2004)
0.51675
200444
(+3 from 2003)
9516
(+355 from 2003)
0.45028
200347
(+2 from 2002)
9161
(+970 from 2002)
0.43600
200249
(+9 from 2001)
8191
(+1214 from 2001)
0.39634
200158
(+9 from 2000)
6977
(+671 from 2000)
0.33731
200067
(+6 from 1999)
6306
(+904 from 1999)
0.30196
199973
(+8 from 1998)
5402
(+630 from 1998)
0.26493
199881
(+5 from 1997)
4772
(+258 from 1997)
0.23535
199786
(+16 from 1996)
4514
(+602 from 1996)
0.22595
1996102
(-1 from 1995)
3912
(+178 from 1995)
0.19524
1995101
(+3 from 1994)
3734
(+257 from 1994)
0.18565
1994104
(+11 from 1993)
3477
(+441 from 1993)
0.17058
1993115
(-1 from 1992)
3036
(-13 from 1992)
0.14698
1992114
(+9 from 1991)
3049
(+364 from 1991)
0.14525
1991123
(+10 from 1990)
2685
(+279 from 1990)
0.12667
1990133
(+7 from 1989)
2406
(+230 from 1989)
0.11180
1989140
(+11 from 1988)
2176
(+348 from 1988)
0.10382
1988151
(+14 from 1987)
1828
(+174 from 1987)
0.09130
1987165
(-2 from 1986)
1654
(+3 from 1986)
0.08481
1986163
(+9 from 1985)
1651
(+89 from 1985)
0.08591
1985172
(+7 from 1984)
1562
(+144 from 1984)
0.08117
1984179
(+6 from 1983)
1418
(+69 from 1983)
0.07556
1983185
(-4 from 1982)
1349
(-93 from 1982)
0.07239
1982181
(+13 from 1981)
1442
(+142 from 1981)
0.07641
1981194
(-22 from 1980)
1300
(-118 from 1980)
0.06980
1980172
(+13 from 1979)
1418
(+114 from 1979)
0.07645
1979185
(+4 from 1978)
1304
(+55 from 1978)
0.07280
1978189
No change from 1977
1249
(+5 from 1977)
0.07310
1977189
(+8 from 1976)
1244
(+105 from 1976)
0.07278
1976197
(+4 from 1975)
1139
(+47 from 1975)
0.06977
1975201
(-3 from 1974)
1092
(-19 from 1974)
0.06731
1974198
(+8 from 1973)
1111
(+63 from 1973)
0.06815
1973206
(+19 from 1972)
1048
(+93 from 1972)
0.06495
1972225
(+11 from 1971)
955
(-47 from 1971)
0.05705
1971236
(-7 from 1970)
1002
(-33 from 1970)
0.05512
1970229
(+12 from 1969)
1035
(+97 from 1969)
0.05434
1969241
(+7 from 1968)
938
(+105 from 1968)
0.05128
1968248
(+11 from 1967)
833
(+61 from 1967)
0.04692
1967259
(+3 from 1966)
772
(+6 from 1966)
0.04338
1966262
(+16 from 1965)
766
(+44 from 1965)
0.04214
1965278
(+21 from 1964)
722
(+25 from 1964)
0.03811
1964299
(+10 from 1963)
697
(+50 from 1963)
0.03439
1963309
(-15 from 1962)
647
(-49 from 1962)
0.03134
1962294
(+3 from 1961)
696
(+27 from 1961)
0.03312
1961297
(+3 from 1960)
669
(+6 from 1960)
0.03102
1960300
(+17 from 1959)
663
(+62 from 1959)
0.03062
1959317
(+17 from 1958)
601
(+71 from 1958)
0.02774
1958334
(-15 from 1957)
530
(-41 from 1957)
0.02460
1957319
(+15 from 1956)
571
(+75 from 1956)
0.02609
1956334
(+13 from 1955)
496
(+63 from 1955)
0.02311
1955347
(-8 from 1954)
433
(-8 from 1954)
0.02072
1954339
(+46 from 1953)
441
(+113 from 1953)
0.02131
1953385
(+3 from 1952)
328
(+15 from 1952)
0.01638
1952388
(+22 from 1951)
313
(+36 from 1951)
0.01586
1951410
(+25 from 1950)
277
(+43 from 1950)
0.01449
1950435
(+51 from 1949)
234
(+49 from 1949)
0.01287
1949486
(-42 from 1948)
185
(-39 from 1948)
0.01027
1948444
(+74 from 1947)
224
(+53 from 1947)
0.01256
1947518
(+27 from 1946)
171
(+34 from 1946)
0.00921
1946545
(-11 from 1945)
137
(+12 from 1945)
0.00830
1945534
(+41 from 1944)
125
(+11 from 1944)
0.00911
1944575
(+12 from 1943)
114
(-3 from 1943)
0.00821
1943587
(+24 from 1942)
117
(+11 from 1942)
0.00804
1942611
(-36 from 1941)
106
(-1 from 1941)
0.00753
1941575
(+51 from 1940)
107
(+17 from 1940)
0.00853
1940626
(+10 from 1939)
90
(+4 from 1939)
0.00759
1939636
(-14 from 1938)
86
(-5 from 1938)
0.00759
1938622
(-55 from 1937)
91
(-12 from 1937)
0.00801
1937567
(+19 from 1936)
103
(+6 from 1936)
0.00942
1936586
(+12 from 1935)
97
(+3 from 1935)
0.00911
1935598
(-59 from 1934)
94
(-25 from 1934)
0.00879
1934539
(+38 from 1933)
119
(+19 from 1933)
0.01121
1933577
(-62 from 1932)
100
(-25 from 1932)
0.00980
1932515
(+55 from 1931)
125
(+18 from 1931)
0.01163
1931570
(-111 from 1930)
107
(-59 from 1930)
0.01000
1930459
(+53 from 1929)
166
(+35 from 1929)
0.01470
1929512
(+5 from 1928)
131
(-5 from 1928)
0.01183
1928517
(+19 from 1927)
136
(+5 from 1927)
0.01192
1927536
(-3 from 1926)
131
(+1 from 1926)
0.01127
1926533
(+26 from 1925)
130
(+8 from 1925)
0.01135
1925559
(+44 from 1924)
122
(+10 from 1924)
0.01060
1924603
(+115 from 1923)
112
(+30 from 1923)
0.00958
1923718
(-32 from 1922)
82
(-8 from 1922)
0.00724
1922686
(+128 from 1921)
90
(+20 from 1921)
0.00800
1921814
(-115 from 1920)
70
(-15 from 1920)
0.00615
1920699
(+75 from 1919)
85
(+15 from 1919)
0.00772
1919774
(+120 from 1918)
70
(+15 from 1918)
0.00689
1918894
(-34 from 1917)
55
No change from 1917
0.00524
1917860
(-89 from 1916)
55
(-8 from 1916)
0.00573
1916771
(+410 from 1915)
63
(+33 from 1915)
0.00682
19151181
(-283 from 1914)
30
(-7 from 1914)
0.00341
1914898
(-1 from 1913)
37
(+7 from 1913)
0.00541
1913897
(-21 from 1912)
30
(+4 from 1912)
0.00559
1912876
(+106 from 1911)
26
(+14 from 1911)
0.00576
1911982
(-123 from 1910)
12
(-1 from 1910)
0.00497
1910859
(+92 from 1909)
13
(+3 from 1909)
0.00623
1909951
(-5 from 1908)
10
(+1 from 1908)
0.00565
1908946
(-16 from 1907)
9
No change from 1907
0.00541
1907930
(+232 from 1900)
9
(+3 from 1900)
0.00568
19060
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19050
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19040
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19030
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19020
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19010
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19001162
(-305 from 1899)
6
(-1 from 1899)
0.00370
1899857
(+244 from 1896)
7
(+2 from 1896)
0.00608
18980
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18970
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18961101
(-138 from 1891)
5
No change from 1891
0.00387
18950
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18940
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18930
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18920
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1891963
(+31 from 1890)
5
No change from 1890
0.00458
1890994
(-239 from 1888)
5
(-3 from 1888)
0.00418
18890
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1888755
First SSA data recorded
8
First SSA data recorded
0.00616
18870
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18860
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18850
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18840
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18830
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18810
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Angel

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#272021#202022#212023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#192021#132022#162023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#882021#902022#812023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#742021#672022#532023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#192021#172022#172023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#692021#642022#702023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#772021#662022#722023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1342021#2022022#1642023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#982021#792022#972023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#842021#532022#782023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#682021#552022#562023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#1392021#1062022#962023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#1082021#892022#712023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#312021#322022#402023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#1042021#1172022#1242023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#582021#262022#372023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#992021#1162022#1032023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#1172021#672022#802023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1212021#1342022#1262023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1482021#1832022#1232023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#2872021#2412022#2162023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#902021#582022#792023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#1082021#1172022#1272023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1362021#1092022#1102023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#922021#712022#622023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#662021#912022#1372023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#3812021#2342022#2242023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1922021#1732022#1622023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1812021#1242022#1032023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1162021#752022#822023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1212021#1162022#792023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1232021#1512022#1142023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#2642021#2882022#1922023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1672021#1292022#1772023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#962021#1322022#1132023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#1012021#892022#742023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#1792021#1392022#1662023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#2182021#1602022#1862023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#802021#832022#1062023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#1332021#1612022#1012023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#2282021#2932022#2122023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#2402016#1692020#1722022

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#1482021#2442022#2042023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#2342013#1912022#2012023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#2492014#1782018#1572021

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#1022011#1612015#632023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1922023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#3352020

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#1842003

Popularity Rankings for Angel in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#112021#152022#142023

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#142020#142021

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#642013#372015#252020

Popularity in Spain

Spain flagSpain#322020#342021#342022

Popularity in Uruguay

Uruguay flagUruguay#782021#522022#452023

Popularity in Galicia, Spain

Galicia, Spain flagGalicia, Spain#462012#492013#502019

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#562019#552020#532021

Popularity in Argentina

Argentina flagArgentina#1922013#1592014#1722015

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1961936#1881937#1811940

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#9782019#4642020#5392022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#4721974

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#5062004#5182005#7302011

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#5102017#5642018#5982019

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#11252021#5742022#6272023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#7002019#7942021#9182022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#9232023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Angel a Name for Boys or Girls?

Angel is a name that can be used for both boys and girls. Its universal appeal and positive connotations make it a suitable choice for any gender, though it is often more commonly given to boys in some cultures and to girls in others

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Angel

Angel in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Angel Di Maria (Soccer Player, born 1988): An Argentine professional footballer known for his time with Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentina national team.
  • Angel Coulby (Actress, born 1980): A British actress known for her role as Guinevere in the TV series "Merlin."
  • Angel Olsen (Musician, born 1987): An American singer-songwriter known for her indie rock music and albums like "Burn Your Fire for No Witness."
  • Angel Locsin (Actress, born 1985): A Filipino actress and humanitarian known for her roles in various Philippine TV dramas and films.
  • Angel Hernandez (Umpire, born 1961): A Cuban-American Major League Baseball umpire known for his long career and controversial calls.
  • Angel Haze (Rapper, born 1992): An American rapper and singer known for their unique style and hits like "Battle Cry."
  • Angel Aquino (Actress, born 1973): A Filipino actress and model known for her work in films and television in the Philippines.
  • Angel McCoughtry (Basketball Player, born 1986): An American professional basketball player known for her career in the WNBA.
  • Angel Faith (Singer, born 1988): An American singer who was a member of the girl group No Secrets before embarking on a solo career.
  • Angel Cabrera (Golfer, born 1969): An Argentine professional golfer who has won major championships, including the U.S. Open and the Masters.
  • Angel ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," 1997 TV Series): A vampire with a soul who fights evil alongside Buffy and later in his own spin-off.
  • "Angel" (1983 Novel by Elizabeth Taylor): Tells the story of an imaginative and ambitious writer navigating her life and career.
  • Angel Dumott Schunard ("Rent," 1996 Musical): A drag queen and street performer who brings joy and love to those around her despite her own struggles.
  • "Angel Heart" (1987 Film): A mystery thriller involving a private investigator hired to track down a missing person, leading to dark and supernatural discoveries.
  • Angel Batista ("Dexter," 2006 TV Series): A dedicated Miami Metro Homicide Detective known for his loyalty and ethical standards.
  • Angel Clare ("Tess of the d'Urbervilles," 1891 Novel by Thomas Hardy): A young farmer who falls in love with Tess, leading to a tragic romance.
  • "Angel's Egg" (1985 Film): An anime film that follows a young girl who protects a mysterious egg in a surreal, desolate world.
  • Angel Salvadore ("X-Men: First Class," 2011 Film): A mutant with insect-like wings who initially aligns with the X-Men before switching sides.
  • Angel Deverell ("Angel," 2007 Film): A romantic drama about a young novelist whose life and career rise and fall dramatically.
  • Angel ("Escape from New York," 1981 Film): A minor character in the dystopian action film about a future New York turned into a maximum-security prison.
  • Angel ("City of Angels," 1998 Film): A romantic fantasy about an angel who falls in love with a human and must decide whether to become mortal.
  • Angel ("Rock of Ages," 1983 Song by Def Leppard): A rock anthem celebrating the carefree and rebellious spirit of rock 'n' roll.
  • Angel City (Texas, USA): A small unincorporated community in Texas known for its rural charm and agricultural roots.
  • Angel Park (Nevada, USA): A popular golf course and park in Las Vegas known for its picturesque landscapes and recreational facilities.
  • Angel Island (California, USA): An island in San Francisco Bay known for its historical immigration station and scenic hiking trails.
  • Angel River (Baja California, Mexico): A river in Baja California known for its scenic beauty and importance to local agriculture.
  • Angel Falls (Bolívar, Venezuela): The world's highest uninterrupted waterfall, located in Canaima National Park.
  • Angel Street (London, UK): A street in central London known for its historical significance and proximity to key landmarks.
  • Angel Creek (Alaska, USA): A creek in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, popular for its natural hot springs and outdoor activities.
  • Angel Lake (Nevada, USA): A high-altitude lake in the East Humboldt Range, known for its fishing and scenic views.
  • Angel Mountain (British Columbia, Canada): A mountain in the Coast Range known for its rugged terrain and hiking opportunities.
  • Angel Bay (Anglesey, Wales): A bay on the north coast of Anglesey, known for its seal population and coastal scenery.

Similar Names to Angel

Sibling Names for Angel