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Gender: Male Meaning of Gabriel: "God is my strength" Origin of Gabriel: Hebrew Gabriel's Popularity in 2017: #31

The name Gabriel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my strength". Gabriel is ranked #31 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That? (Boys)".

From the experts:

Gabriel -- the name of the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth -- appears in Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts. He presides over Paradise, serving as the angel of mercy, life, joy, judgment, truth and dreams.

The name has become a biblical favorite, and has been a highly charting choice in the 21st century. In addition to all his other responsibilities, Gabriel is the patron saint of broadcasters and diplomats, and he governs Mondays and the month of January, making Gabriel one of the top January baby names. Gabriel has proven itself a friendly and appealing alternative to Michael, that other, long-reigning archangel.

Parents of Gabriels of varying ages include Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani, Jason Alexander, Meredith Vieira, and Mia Farrow.

Find other names based on Gabriel using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Gabriel

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, Colombian novelist
Gabriel "Gabe" Kaplan, American comedian and poker player
Gabriel Eduardo "Gabe" Saporta, American singer
Gabriel James Byrne, Irish actor
Gabriel Iglesias, American comedian
Gabriel Macht, American actor
Gabriel Hogan, Canadian actor
(Louis) Gabriel Basso III, American actor
Gabriel Carl Walther, Prince of Sweden, Duke of Dalarna, son of Prince Carl Philip
Gabriel Brown, son of reality TV personalities Kody & Jenelle Brown
(Jonas Ferdinand) Gabriel Lippmann, Franco-Luxembourgish physicist
Gabriel Simon, son of American musicians Paul Simon and Edie Brickell
Gabriel John Ingmar "Gabe" Landeskog, Swedish hockey player
Gabriel Montiel Gutiérrez aka Werevertumorro, Mexican footballer and YouTuber
Gabriel Harris, son of singer Joan Baez and David Harris
Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie (b. 2003), Prince of Belgium
GabrielGabe” Conte, YouTuber and Vine star

Pop Culture References for the name Gabriel

Gabriel "Gabe" Goodman, character in "Next to Normal"
Gabriel, infant character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
Gabriel Edward Martin, character in film "The Patriot"
Gabriel Boutin, character in Sally Green's "Half Life Trilogy"
Gabriel Lightworm *ahem* sorry Lightwood, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices"
Gabriel, character in Lauren DeStefano's "The Chemical Garden Trilogy"
Gabriel, title character in Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno
Gabriel, character in Kresley Cole's "The Arcana Chronicles"
Gabriel Gray, real name of serial killer Sylar in TV show "Heroes"
Gabriel Oak, character in Thomas Hardy's classic "Far from the Madding Crowd"
Gabriel Van Helsing, main character in film "Van Helsing"
Gabriel "Gabe" Walker, character in film "Cliffhanger"
Gabriel "Gabe" Duncan, character on TV's "Good Luck Charlie"
"Gabriel", song by English trip-hop duo Lamb
Gabriel, archangel/trickster character on TV's "Supernatural"
Gabriel Edwards, character on "Gossip Girl"
Gabriel Silk, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Gabriel Holbrook, detective on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Gabriel the Warrior, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Father Gabriel Stokes, character from "The Walking Dead"
Gabriel Reyes, character from the game "Overwatch"
Gabriel "Gabe" Nunez, character on TV's "Elena of Avalor"
San Gabriel, city in Los Angeles County, California, USA
Gabriel Agreste, Character in "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir"

Gabie, Gabbie, Gabby, Gaby, Gabryel, Gabbi, Gab, Gabby, Gabbi, Gabbie, Gabe, Gabel, Gabell, Gabi, Gabie, Gabryel, Gaby, Gay

Gabriel's International Variations

Gabriele, Gabrielli, Gabriello (Italian) Gabian, Gabiel, Gabrial, Riel (Spanish) Gabirel (Basque) Gabrielo (Portuguese) Kappo (Finnish) Gábor, Gabi (Hungarian) Gabko, Gabo, Gabris, Gabys (Czech) Gavrel (Russian) Gaby (Israeli) Gavirel, Gavriel, Gavril, Jibril (Arabic)


Hero_Phoebus Says:


Gabriel is such a gorgeous, soft and delicate name for a little boy or a young man. It ages well and feels unique compared to typical harsh sounding names for boys.

*Momma_B* Says:


My first child's name! It is the most beautiful name I've ever heard, I've loved it since I was a child. We do not call him Gabe, he hates being called Gabe and sometimes people that don't know him well call him that but for the most part, everyone calls him Gabriel. I think it's too pretty to shorten to just Gabe.

ILoveBabyNames123 Says:


This name will always be my favorite! One of my cousin's name is Gabriel Emmett

Eliza1303 Says:


My little brother’s name is Gabriel. We just call him Gabriel too. I think it’s a super strong and powerful name even though my little brother is tiny, so it almost doesn’t really sound like it should be his name...I still like it though

dream.create Says:


Oh, I love Gabriel, Asher, and Jonas because of The Giver too! Makes me smile to see that others do as well!

Alaina Says:


Gabriel is a very cute name. But what's even cuter is the name Gabe!

Kai Says:


I love this name, it sounds beautiful and charming. It's also versatile as it's quite a common name in many countries.

headintheclouds Says:


Gabriel is one of my all time enduring name loves. I love it so much that its popularity doesn't bother me, and I would really consider using it for a future son one day, whether in the first or middle name spot. I just love everything about it- its wonderful meaning, its sound and the way it looks on paper, its timelessness and how it sounds upright and grounded yet also soft and lyrical. Gabe is a great nickname, though I'd prefer the full Gabriel.

katycats Says:


Gabriel is nice name too :)

Hallie Says:


My cousin is named Gabriel he is the only one I ever met

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Nicholas_Masovich Says:


love this! It's so warm and calming. I would change my firstname to this in a heartbeat.

Hydra Says:


That's true. The "gay" part isn't all that noticeable, but it really bothers me for some reason. And, yeah, English doesn't seem to like pronouncing names correctly.

Guest Says:


Actually in basically all pronunciations from French to Spanish to German to Hebrew it's pronounced gah-bree-elle, gah-breel, or gahVREE-EL. English always seems to butcher names. But I guess no one pays attention to the "gay" syllable since it's not overt.

clairels Says:


I highly doubt that. Where are you getting these statistics?

Hydra Says:


Uh,okay.That was rude.One,I don't really believe that-but then,I'm 13 and thus admittedly rather naive-and two,I live in America,where gay is usually an insult for a homosexual individual,more commonly a man.And,with grammar like that,I think you're the one who needs to educate themselves.



what are you talking about Gaylord is #1 name for boys in over 20 countires please educate yourself

dtronol Says:


Named my son the same! I still love it 6 years later.

raevynstar Says:


Good for you! I really, really like that name. :D

Hydra Says:


Funny how you can name your kid Gabriel and no one bats an eye, but god forbid you give them any other name with the "gay" sound in it.

EDIT:I guess that sounded really rude.Sorry.I'm just very sensitive to certain sounds in names.I actually like Gabriel quite a bit,probably because of the Constantine movie-which also makes me think it wouldn't be too bad on a girl.Again,sorry.

wilkebaby Says:


Love this. Named our son Gabriel James.

caroblaise Says:


Same! That's why I like Asher and Jonas, even though the Jonas Brothers kind of ruined it...

klemley18 Says:


I love the association with 'the Giver'.