Gabriel Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: Gabriel’s popularity has seen a steady increase in the United States since 1900, breaking into the top 100 names in the mid-20th century and achieving its peak popularity in 2010 (21th).

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A Deep Dive

Gabriel Overview

Meaning

God is my strength, a hero of God

Gender

Boy

Origin

Hebrew

Etymology

Derived from Hebrew “Gavri’el”, meaning “God is my strength”. Combines “gever” (hero or strong man) and “el” (God)​.

Religion

Christianity, Judaism, Islam

Pronunciation

/ˈɡeɪ.briː.əl/

Popularity

Highly popular; ranked among the top names in many countries including France, Canada, and the US in recent years. Ranked 38th in USA in 2023.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

7 letters

Numerology

9 (Humanitarian, Selfless, Creative)

Name Styles

Traditional, Classic, Religious and Spiritual, Cute

Associated Traits

Strength, leadership, fairness, social orientation​

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Significant in many religions as the name of an archangel. Known for delivering messages from God in both Christianity and Islam​.

Name Day

September 29th
A Deep Dive

Gabriel Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Gavriel, Jibril, Gavril, Gabrielle, Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabrio, Gavriil, Gabrijel, Gavrilo

Common Nicknames

Gabe, Riel, Gabs, Briel, Gib, Gabby, Gale, Gabo, Gavi, Bree

Diminutives

Gabe, Gabby, Gabey, Gabi, Biel, Riel, Gabs, Ree, Gavvie

Famous People

  • Gabriel García Márquez
    (Colombian Novelist)
  • Gabriel Jesus
    (Brazilian Footballer)
  • Gabriel Batistuta
    (Argentinian Footballer)
  • Gabriel Iglesias
    (American Comedian and Actor)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Gabriel Van Helsing
    ("Van Helsing," Film)
  • Gabriel "Gabe" Goodman
    ("Next to Normal," Musical)
  • Gabriel Gray
    ("Heroes," TV Show)
  • Gabriel
    ("Constantine," Film)
  • Gabriel "Gabe" Walker
    ("Cliffhanger," Film)

Places

  • Gabriel Community
    (Zambezia, Mozambique)
  • Gabriel Village
    (Cundinamarca, Colombia)

What Is the Meaning of Gabriel?

Gabriel is a name of Hebrew origin, which translates to “God is my strength,” “a hero of God,” or “God is my strong man.” This name is associated with strength and heroism, with the Hebrew elements ‘gever’ (meaning hero or strong man) and ‘el’ (referring to God) forming its basis​.

What Is the Origin of The Name Gabriel?

The name Gabriel has deep biblical roots, being associated with the Archangel Gabriel, who is known for delivering messages from God. This archangel appears in significant religious texts, including the Bible and the Quran, marking Gabriel’s importance in various religious traditions​.

Gabriel Name Popularity

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

United States flagUnited States#382021#362022#382023
Top 3 Rankings#212010#222009#222015

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Gabriel

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202338
(-2 from 2022)
6745
(-486 from 2022)
0.36835
202236
(+2 from 2021)
7231
(-51 from 2021)
0.38607
202138
No change from 2020
7282
(+122 from 2020)
0.38866
202038
(-1 from 2019)
7160
(-600 from 2019)
0.38710
201937
(-2 from 2018)
7760
(-670 from 2018)
0.40379
201835
(-4 from 2017)
8430
(-742 from 2017)
0.43370
201731
(-6 from 2016)
9172
(-1100 from 2016)
0.46344
201625
(-3 from 2015)
10272
(-632 from 2015)
0.50710
201522
(+2 from 2014)
10904
(-49 from 2014)
0.53335
201424
No change from 2013
10953
(-289 from 2013)
0.53450
201324
No change from 2012
11242
(-330 from 2012)
0.55634
201224
No change from 2011
11572
(-786 from 2011)
0.57028
201124
(-3 from 2010)
12358
(-526 from 2010)
0.60834
201021
(+1 from 2009)
12884
(+53 from 2009)
0.62714
200922
(+2 from 2008)
12831
(-209 from 2008)
0.60498
200824
(+4 from 2007)
13040
(+129 from 2007)
0.59805
200728
No change from 2006
12911
(+370 from 2006)
0.58287
200628
No change from 2005
12541
(-217 from 2005)
0.57203
200528
(+4 from 2004)
12758
(+1195 from 2004)
0.59972
200432
(-3 from 2003)
11563
(-957 from 2003)
0.54714
200329
(+3 from 2002)
12520
(+461 from 2002)
0.59586
200232
(+6 from 2001)
12059
(+1142 from 2001)
0.58350
200138
(+6 from 2000)
10917
(+2237 from 2000)
0.52780
200044
(+9 from 1999)
8680
(+1311 from 1999)
0.41564
199953
(+1 from 1998)
7369
(+301 from 1998)
0.36140
199854
(+3 from 1997)
7068
(+664 from 1997)
0.34858
199757
(+4 from 1996)
6404
(+506 from 1996)
0.32056
199661
(+4 from 1995)
5898
(+185 from 1995)
0.29435
199565
(+3 from 1994)
5713
(+176 from 1994)
0.28404
199468
(+18 from 1993)
5537
(+1163 from 1993)
0.27164
199386
No change from 1992
4374
(+38 from 1992)
0.21176
199286
(-4 from 1991)
4336
(-77 from 1991)
0.20656
199182
(+18 from 1990)
4413
(+715 from 1990)
0.20819
1990100
(+10 from 1989)
3698
(+661 from 1989)
0.17184
1989110
(-8 from 1988)
3037
(-82 from 1988)
0.14490
1988102
(-4 from 1987)
3119
(+40 from 1987)
0.15577
198798
(-3 from 1986)
3079
(+32 from 1986)
0.15788
198695
(-3 from 1985)
3047
(-168 from 1985)
0.15856
198592
(-5 from 1984)
3215
(-110 from 1984)
0.16706
198487
(+2 from 1983)
3325
(+56 from 1983)
0.17717
198389
(-1 from 1982)
3269
(-98 from 1982)
0.17541
198288
(-1 from 1981)
3367
(-7 from 1981)
0.17841
198187
(-2 from 1980)
3374
(-121 from 1980)
0.18117
198085
(+4 from 1979)
3495
(+259 from 1979)
0.18843
197989
No change from 1978
3236
(+106 from 1978)
0.18065
197889
(-2 from 1977)
3130
(-216 from 1977)
0.18319
197787
(-6 from 1976)
3346
(+43 from 1976)
0.19575
197681
(+25 from 1975)
3303
(+872 from 1975)
0.20232
1975106
(+11 from 1974)
2431
(+199 from 1974)
0.14984
1974117
(+13 from 1973)
2232
(+251 from 1973)
0.13691
1973130
(+9 from 1972)
1981
(+60 from 1972)
0.12277
1972139
(+34 from 1971)
1921
(+347 from 1971)
0.11475
1971173
(+32 from 1970)
1574
(+329 from 1970)
0.08658
1970205
(+42 from 1969)
1245
(+380 from 1969)
0.06536
1969247
(+23 from 1968)
865
(+129 from 1968)
0.04729
1968270
(+15 from 1967)
736
(+93 from 1967)
0.04145
1967285
(+31 from 1966)
643
(+95 from 1966)
0.03614
1966316
(-15 from 1965)
548
(-73 from 1965)
0.03015
1965301
(+10 from 1964)
621
(+4 from 1964)
0.03278
1964311
(+17 from 1963)
617
(+35 from 1963)
0.03044
1963328
(+1 from 1962)
582
(+10 from 1962)
0.02819
1962329
(+5 from 1961)
572
(+22 from 1961)
0.02722
1961334
(+48 from 1960)
550
(+123 from 1960)
0.02550
1960382
(-10 from 1959)
427
(-21 from 1959)
0.01972
1959372
(+38 from 1958)
448
(+85 from 1958)
0.02068
1958410
(-15 from 1957)
363
(-20 from 1957)
0.01685
1957395
(+14 from 1956)
383
(+37 from 1956)
0.01750
1956409
(-11 from 1955)
346
(+13 from 1955)
0.01612
1955398
(+22 from 1954)
333
(+42 from 1954)
0.01593
1954420
No change from 1953
291
(+16 from 1953)
0.01406
1953420
(+12 from 1952)
275
(+13 from 1952)
0.01373
1952432
No change from 1951
262
(+16 from 1951)
0.01328
1951432
(-14 from 1950)
246
(-12 from 1950)
0.01287
1950418
(+1 from 1949)
258
(-7 from 1949)
0.01419
1949419
(+33 from 1948)
265
(+49 from 1948)
0.01471
1948452
(-15 from 1947)
216
(-20 from 1947)
0.01212
1947437
(+50 from 1946)
236
(+63 from 1946)
0.01270
1946487
(-22 from 1945)
173
(+10 from 1945)
0.01048
1945465
(-25 from 1944)
163
(-30 from 1944)
0.01189
1944440
(+9 from 1943)
193
(-6 from 1943)
0.01389
1943449
(-5 from 1942)
199
(+5 from 1942)
0.01368
1942444
(-34 from 1941)
194
(-12 from 1941)
0.01378
1941410
(+8 from 1940)
206
(+13 from 1940)
0.01642
1940418
(+48 from 1939)
193
(+40 from 1939)
0.01627
1939466
(-26 from 1938)
153
(-17 from 1938)
0.01350
1938440
(-10 from 1937)
170
(-2 from 1937)
0.01496
1937430
(-45 from 1936)
172
(-30 from 1936)
0.01573
1936385
(+29 from 1935)
202
(+24 from 1935)
0.01898
1935414
(+29 from 1934)
178
(+15 from 1934)
0.01664
1934443
(-49 from 1933)
163
(-25 from 1933)
0.01535
1933394
(+19 from 1932)
188
(+4 from 1932)
0.01843
1932413
(-25 from 1931)
184
(-25 from 1931)
0.01713
1931388
(-4 from 1930)
209
(-11 from 1930)
0.01954
1930384
(-10 from 1929)
220
(-17 from 1929)
0.01948
1929374
(-9 from 1928)
237
(-18 from 1928)
0.02140
1928365
(+8 from 1927)
255
(+8 from 1927)
0.02235
1927373
(+53 from 1926)
247
(+45 from 1926)
0.02126
1926426
(-3 from 1925)
202
No change from 1925
0.01764
1925423
(-28 from 1924)
202
(-33 from 1924)
0.01754
1924395
(+20 from 1923)
235
(+26 from 1923)
0.02010
1923415
(+18 from 1922)
209
(+15 from 1922)
0.01846
1922433
(-23 from 1921)
194
(-25 from 1921)
0.01724
1921410
(+8 from 1920)
219
(+18 from 1920)
0.01925
1920418
(+7 from 1919)
201
(+10 from 1919)
0.01826
1919425
(-3 from 1918)
191
(+1 from 1918)
0.01881
1918422
(-12 from 1917)
190
No change from 1917
0.01812
1917410
(+17 from 1916)
190
(+16 from 1916)
0.01981
1916427
(-19 from 1915)
174
(+1 from 1915)
0.01885
1915408
(+9 from 1914)
173
(+42 from 1914)
0.01964
1914417
(-13 from 1913)
131
(+17 from 1913)
0.01917
1913404
(+23 from 1912)
114
(+30 from 1912)
0.02126
1912427
(-7 from 1911)
84
(+37 from 1911)
0.01861
1911420
(+1 from 1910)
47
(+6 from 1910)
0.01947
1910421
(-33 from 1909)
41
(+2 from 1909)
0.01966
1909388
(+15 from 1908)
39
(+5 from 1908)
0.02205
1908403
(+108 from 1907)
34
(+13 from 1907)
0.02044
1907511
(+79 from 1906)
21
(+5 from 1906)
0.01324
1906590
(-197 from 1905)
16
(-13 from 1905)
0.01111
1905393
(+219 from 1904)
29
(+15 from 1904)
0.02025
1904612
(-107 from 1903)
14
(-4 from 1903)
0.01011
1903505
(-79 from 1902)
18
(-5 from 1902)
0.01392
1902426
(-19 from 1901)
23
(+2 from 1901)
0.01733
1901407
(+148 from 1900)
21
(+2 from 1900)
0.01817
1900555
(+28 from 1899)
19
(+7 from 1899)
0.01172
1899583
(-78 from 1898)
12
(-5 from 1898)
0.01042
1898505
(+176 from 1897)
17
(+7 from 1897)
0.01287
1897681
(-200 from 1896)
10
(-8 from 1896)
0.00820
1896481
(+75 from 1895)
18
(+4 from 1895)
0.01395
1895556
(-157 from 1894)
14
(-8 from 1894)
0.01105
1894399
(+60 from 1893)
22
(+6 from 1893)
0.01762
1893459
(+229 from 1892)
16
(+6 from 1892)
0.01322
1892688
(-91 from 1891)
10
No change from 1891
0.00761
1891597
(-108 from 1890)
10
(-5 from 1890)
0.00915
1890489
(+184 from 1889)
15
(+6 from 1889)
0.01253
1889673
(-119 from 1888)
9
(-4 from 1888)
0.00756
1888554
(-162 from 1887)
13
(-5 from 1887)
0.01001
1887392
(+120 from 1886)
18
(+5 from 1886)
0.01647
1886512
(+65 from 1885)
13
(+2 from 1885)
0.01092
1885577
(-191 from 1884)
11
(-10 from 1884)
0.00949
1884386
(+211 from 1883)
21
(+11 from 1883)
0.01711
1883597
(-198 from 1882)
10
(-10 from 1882)
0.00889
1882399
(+17 from 1881)
20
(+3 from 1881)
0.01639
1881416
(+49 from 1880)
17
(+2 from 1880)
0.01570
1880465
First SSA data recorded
15
First SSA data recorded
0.01267

American States Popularity Rankings for Gabriel

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

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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New York (NY)

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Florida (FL)

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Illinois (IL)

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Arizona (AZ)

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Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ohio (OH)

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Michigan (MI)

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New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#292021#382022#352023

North Carolina (NC)

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Georgia (GA)

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Washington (WA)

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Virginia (VA)

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Colorado (CO)

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Indiana (IN)

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Massachusetts (MA)

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Missouri (MO)

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Tennessee (TN)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Louisiana (LA)

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Maryland (MD)

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Oregon (OR)

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Minnesota (MN)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Alabama (AL)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Kansas (KS)

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Utah (UT)

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Iowa (IA)

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Nevada (NV)

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Arkansas (AR)

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Mississippi (MS)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Idaho (ID)

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West Virginia (WV)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Maine (ME)

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Alaska (AK)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Montana (MT)

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South Dakota (SD)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Delaware (DE)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Gabriel in other Countries and American Territories

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

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#22020#12021#12022

Popularity in Brazil

Brazil flagBrazil#62000 (Decade)#22010 (Decade)

Popularity in Romania

Romania flagRomania#42021#32022#42023

Popularity in Philippines

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Popularity in Portugal

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Uruguay

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Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Chile

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Popularity in Mexico

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Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#242021#282022#602023

Popularity in Poland

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Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Italy

Italy flagItaly#292020#282021#272022

Popularity in Sweden

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Popularity in Croatia

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Popularity in Galicia, Spain

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Spain

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Slovakia

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Popularity in Norway

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Popularity in Germany

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Iceland

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Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

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Popularity in New Zealand

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Popularity in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Popularity in Ireland

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in Czechia

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

Is Gabriel a Name for Boys or Girls?

Gabriel is traditionally a masculine name, linked to the biblical archangel. It is widely used for boys across various cultures and languages. However, there are feminine forms of the name, such as Gabrielle, Gabriela, and others, which are also popular.

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