AYN-jel (Eng); AN-hel (Sp)
Spanish and English
"angel, messenger"

Angel Origin and Meaning

The name Angel is a boy's name meaning "angel, messenger".

As a boys' name, Angel has two distinct name personalities. One is as a perennial favorite Hispanic boys’ name, popular in the US along with Spain, Mexico, and South America.

Then Buffy the Vampire Slayer brought Angel into the Anglo camp, where it's now heard more frequently, pronounced the English way. Angel entered the boys' Top 100 in 1997 and remains solidly there today.

Angel's popularity for girls began to wane at the same time the name took off for boys. Any child named Angel, of whatever gender or nationality, has a, well, angelic image to live up to or live down.

Other notable male Angels: the husband in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, a character on Dexter, and several athletes.

# 63 in the US

Angel Rank in US Top 1000

# 696 on Nameberry

Angel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Angel Popularity

Famous People Named Angel

  • Ángel CabreraArgentine golfer
  • Angel D'MezaCuban baseball player
  • Angel Di MariaArgentine footballer
  • Ernst AngelAustralian poet and psychologist
  • Angel RubioAmerican NFL football player
  • Ángel Domingo López (Ruano)Spanish footballer
  • Ángel Valodia Matos (Fuentes)Cuban taekwondo athlete
  • Ángel Manuel PagánPuerto Rican baseball player
  • (Luis) Ángel Cereceda ParraChilean singer,songwriter
  • Angel MedinaAmerican pro wrestler
  • Angel BoiAmerican rapper
  • Angel Jesus SmithSalgueiro, son of celebrity chef Art Smith
  • Ashley Parker AngelAmerican singer of boy band O,Town

Angel in Pop Culture

  • Angelcharacter in TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and spin,off "Angel"
  • Angel Batistacharacter on TV's "Dexter"
  • Angel Castillo de Vallecharacter in telenovela "Destinos"
  • Angel Clarecharacter in "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"
  • Angel BunnyFluttershy's pet bunny in the series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"
  • Angel Allegriacharacter in the book "The Killer's Tears"
  • Angel aka Warren Worthington IIIcharacter in the X,Men series
  • Angel Ruizcharacter in Barbara Kingsolver's book "The Bean Trees"
  • Angel Aristotle Mendoza "Aristotle/Ari" character in the Young Adult book, "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  • Angel Dumott Schunardcharacter from RENT
  • Angel Dustcharacter in the animated series "Hazbin Hotel"

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