Gender: Male Meaning of Azrael: "help of God" Origin of Azrael: Hebrew, variation of Azriel

Azrael Origin and Meaning

The name Azrael is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "help of God".

This is the name of Angel of Death in Jewish and Muslim tradition, not a great start for an innocent child -- or a great role model for a teenager.

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MadameAzazel Says:


The negative connotations should not stop people from naming their child this. If people actually want to name their child this, that's their choice not yours. I've been planning on changing my legal first name to this, and I'm not gonna let the meaning behind it stop me from changing it.

iraasuup Says:


Isn't this the name of the cat on 'The Smurfs'?

nilaexplosion Says:


I adore this name so much! Death shouldn't be a bad thing, I'd want my child never to fear it.

BritRene24 Says:


I would use this name, the negative connotations don't bother me. In Judaism Azriel, as he is called, never killed anyone so I do not understand why he is considered the angel of death. Michael and Gabriel are also considered archangels of death but people still use those. Secondly, in Islam (some sects), he was never given a name. He was simply referred to as the angel of death and others began to associate him with Azriel/Azrael. Some do not even believe Azrael is the angel of death since he is not named in the Quran. Only in Sikhism is he given a negative connotation.

thedarkfirefly Says:


Dark yet virtuous, can give your awesome kid a lift.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I imagine it on someone dark and handsome; it is a masculine name and if anything the meaning makes it cooler

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I don't understand, Nameberry. Persephone has a terribly tragic Greek mythology behind it and is literally translated to "Destroyer" or "Bringer of Death" - and yet you seem to have no problem with those highly negative connotations and, indeed, encourage others to use it. And yet you reject Azrael because, in a fairly closed off and private religion (which most people cannot claim to know much about), it's the Angel of Death.

Firstly, the Angel of Death is not a bad thing, because ALL angels are bringers of death. That is one of their primary purposes, as they are the guardians of heaven, the enforcers of the God's reign and His warriors. Secondly, even if it was an irrevocably bad connotation, so what? Unless you're a practicing Jew or Muslim, any potential 'bad' that could come from this name is entirely irrelivant.

Case in point, it's a perfectly lovely name (far better and far more interesting than your standard James, Bentley and Alexander). As such, I would encourage parents, wannabe or otherwise, to consider this beautiful and ancient choice, and to ignore such silly, poorly-thought-out criticisms.

Ashley Says:


I named my son Azrael and we've had no issues he is also the happiest boy I've seen, it's hard to crush his spirit and if he gets knocked down he just gets right back up. He's now 10 and it's the most appropriate name for him.

jordalini Says:


I think this name sounds nice and strong, but i do not think it is usable because of it's connection to the angel of death

madmaddie Says:


I can't help but love names that I can't use, even for characters...

LadyVanRaven Says:


It's handsome and personally I think the angel of death connection gives it an even cooler image of a tall, attractive, strong and empathetic black haired guy. I also think it would be a nice (more masculine) alternative to Ariel which has completely gone to the girls sadly.