Angel Name Meaning

Heavenly, gentle, and of course angelic, Angel has been a steady presence on the charts for many years. His ascent to the top has been more recent, however, and he retains a modern charm despite his ancient roots.

A bold religious pick, Angel refers to the heavenly beings that acted as messengers of God within holy texts. He’s unafraid of his spiritual side, on par with other religious names like Messiah and Christian. He’s a divine pick for parents looking to proudly honor their faith.

Angel is among the rising trend of soft names for boys, names that seek to embrace their delicate side rather than being brash with toughness. While his sound may be gentle, that shouldn’t be confused as being weak. His background gives him a spiritual strength that’s hard to match, and can prove to be a beacon of hope throughout his life.

Soft enough for a young boy but mature enough for a man, Angel avoids swinging too far toward either extreme. He’s not at all out of place on the playground, but also works out fine within the workplace.

If you’re hung up on the word name factor, never fear. Word names are all the rage for both genders. Mason and Maverick are popular picks on the boy’s side while Paisley, Autumn, and Aurora work their magic on the girl charts. This leaves Angel in great company.

Infographic of Angel name meaning, which is From the Greek Angelos, Angel means messenger of God.
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Angel Name Popularity

How popular is the name Angel? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 652 14 0.0028%
1913 682 17 0.003%
1914 742 20 0.0029%
1915 880 19 0.0021%
1916 637 50 0.0052%
1917 674 45 0.0045%
1918 723 41 0.0038%
1919 651 54 0.0052%
1920 627 66 0.0059%
1921 679 55 0.0048%
1922 620 73 0.0066%
1923 660 60 0.0054%
1924 578 88 0.0076%
1925 514 104 0.0092%
1926 507 106 0.0096%
1927 496 112 0.0101%
1928 491 116 0.0108%
1929 484 109 0.0105%
1930 435 148 0.0142%
1931 501 93 0.0094%
1932 471 110 0.0111%
1933 532 79 0.0085%
1934 490 100 0.0103%
1935 522 82 0.0084%
1936 513 84 0.0087%
1937 509 89 0.009%
1938 555 74 0.0072%
1939 562 70 0.0069%
1940 556 75 0.0071%
1941 507 95 0.0084%
1942 536 89 0.007%
1943 513 108 0.0083%
1944 506 104 0.0084%
1945 491 110 0.009%
1946 515 118 0.008%
1947 483 150 0.009%
1948 433 200 0.0125%
1949 453 172 0.0107%
1950 419 221 0.0137%
1951 395 252 0.0149%
1952 371 296 0.017%
1953 368 310 0.0175%
1954 335 418 0.0229%
1955 342 416 0.0226%
1956 330 472 0.025%
1957 317 543 0.0282%
1958 331 507 0.0268%
1959 312 584 0.0307%
1960 298 642 0.0339%
1961 297 642 0.034%
1962 294 665 0.0362%
1963 300 636 0.0354%
1964 296 672 0.0382%
1965 277 693 0.0424%
1966 263 730 0.0468%
1967 256 745 0.0491%
1968 249 801 0.0533%
1969 238 916 0.0595%
1970 227 1,008 0.0633%
1971 237 967 0.0644%
1972 227 916 0.0673%
1973 206 1,023 0.0789%
1974 200 1,078 0.0829%
1975 202 1,067 0.083%
1976 198 1,091 0.0847%
1977 189 1,216 0.0902%
1978 190 1,212 0.0901%
1979 185 1,270 0.0901%
1980 174 1,375 0.094%
1981 194 1,264 0.086%
1982 181 1,402 0.0938%
1983 186 1,308 0.0886%
1984 179 1,390 0.0934%
1985 173 1,526 0.1005%
1986 164 1,607 0.1065%
1987 166 1,617 0.106%
1988 151 1,788 0.1147%
1989 143 2,142 0.1327%
1990 133 2,374 0.1432%
1991 124 2,657 0.163%
1992 114 3,016 0.189%
1993 116 3,000 0.1924%
1994 105 3,444 0.2244%
1995 101 3,700 0.2455%
1996 103 3,885 0.2595%
1997 86 4,489 0.3035%
1998 81 4,751 0.3174%
1999 73 5,389 0.3599%
2000 68 6,284 0.4114%
2001 58 6,962 0.4621%
2002 49 8,169 0.5451%
2003 47 9,142 0.6009%
2004 44 9,495 0.623%
2005 32 10,971 0.7176%
2006 32 11,582 0.7397%
2007 34 11,350 0.7194%
2008 36 10,328 0.6682%
2009 38 9,836 0.6581%
2010 42 8,756 0.6076%
2011 52 7,520 0.5278%
2012 57 7,006 0.4917%
2013 67 6,353 0.4462%
2014 67 6,288 0.4316%
2015 64 6,075 0.4175%
2016 70 5,528 0.3834%
2017 71 5,221 0.3741%
2018 72 5,017 0.3652%
2019 73 4,858 0.3589%

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Names Like Angel

If you like Angel, you’ll love these other names like Angel.


What names are diminutives of Angel?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Angel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Angel, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Angie

Messenger; messenger of God; one choice

Greek

Angy

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek


What names are variants of Angel?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Angel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Andjelko

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Ange

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Angelico

An Italian equivalent of Angell.

Italian

Angelino

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Angelito

Little angel

Spanish

Angell

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Angelmo

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Angelo

Messenger of God

Italian

#328 (0.0705%)  
Aniol

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Anjel

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Anjelo

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Anyoli

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Ohngel

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Ohnjel

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Onjel

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Onjello

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Onnjel

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek

Onnjelo

Messenger; messenger of God

Greek


What names sound like Angel?

If you like how Angel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Angel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abel

Breath

Hebrew

#146 (0.1932%)  
Adriel

God's flock

Hebrew

#229 (0.1181%)  
Ansel

Follower of a nobleman

French

#1,122 (0.0074%)  
Ariel

Lion of God

Hebrew

#586 (0.0301%)  
Azriel

God is my help

Hebrew

#1,331 (0.0047%)  
Emanuel

God is with us

Hebrew

#425 (0.0491%)  
Emmanuel

God is with us

Hebrew

#159 (0.1734%)  
Engel

Angel

Dutch

Hansel

God is gracious

Scandinavian

#1,806 (0.0018%)  
Ishmael

God listens

Hebrew

#1,242 (0.0057%)  
Ismael

God will hear

Spanish

#352 (0.0649%)  

What names are similar to Angel?

Find a name that’s like Angel, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

#165 (0.1687%)  
Christian

Follower of Christ

Latin

#55 (0.4733%)  
Gabriel

God is my strength

Hebrew

#35 (0.6067%)  
Israel

God contends

Hebrew

#239 (0.1132%)  
Jesus

God is salvation

Hebrew

#148 (0.19%)  
King

King

English

#149 (0.1871%)  
Messiah

Anointed One

English

#202 (0.1427%)  
Raphael

Healing God

Hebrew

#527 (0.0349%)  
Samuel

Name of God

Hebrew

#21 (0.7085%)  
Zion

Israel

Hebrew

#184 (0.1555%)  

Lists With Angel

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Angel.


Siblings of Angel

Mamas with kids named Angel also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Abraham

Father of nations

Hebrew

#165 (0.1687%)  
Hector

Steadfast

Greek

#324 (0.0713%)  
Janey

God is gracious

Hebrew

#2,872 (0.0006%)  

2 Comments

  1. He has his first name like his dad and his whole name is angel Israel

  2. My second oldest daughter Annalee picked my son’s name. She wanted he’s name to start with a A like hers so we decided on Angel


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