Angel Names: 25 heavenly names for your little cherub

Most of us are familiar with the names of at least a few angels—after all, archangels Michael and Gabriel and to a lesser extent Raphael, have had widespread and long-lasting popularity over the years.

But there is a profusion of other angelic creatures whose names are not as well known.  Thought of as messengers of light, angels are seen as reflecting God’s radiance.  There are Biblical angels, seraphim and cherubs, and guardian angels who oversee various days, months, Zodiac signs, natural elements and virtues.  There are angels in Persian and other Eastern religions and mythologies, and angels in works of fiction.

Then of course there is the whole family of straightforward Angel names–Angela, Angelica, Angelo, et al, that mean ‘angel’ or ‘messenger’; Evangeline, whose meaning,  ‘good messenger’ relates to angel, and Seraphina, which is derived from the word seraphim.

Here, from various sources are 25 angel names worth considering:

  1. Abraxos – ancient name attributed to an angel
  2. Arael – angel of birds
  3. Cael –an angel ruling over the Zodiac sign of Cancer
  4. Calliel — a throne angel invoked to bring prompt help over adversity
  5. Charoum – angel of silence
  6. Dabria – one of five angels who transcribed the books that the Hebrew prophet Ezra dictated
  7. Dara – angel of rains and rivers in Persian mythology
  8. Dina – guardian angel of learning and wisdom
  9. Ezriel—an angel’s name discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls.
  10. Hariel —  the archangel who rules over December, the dawn and Capricorn; also the angel of tame animals and ruler of science and the arts
  11. Irin – the name of twin angels who constitute the supreme judgment of the heavenly court
  12. Janiel – angel ruling Tuesday and the east wind
  13. Javan – the guardian angel of Greece
  14.  Kemuel – chief of the seraphim who stands at the window of heaven
  15. Laila, Lailah, Layla –the angel of conception who oversees and protects childbirth
  16. Nabu – a recording angel in heaven
  17. Nitika – Native American name meaning angel of precious stones
  18. Rabia – one of the ten angels accompanying the sun on its daily course
  19. Rachiel – angel who rules Venus and governs sexuality
  20. Raziel – an archangel who guards the secrets of the universe, the angel of mysteries
  21. Sarea – another of the five angels who transcribed the books the prophet Ezra dictated
  22. Tariel—the angel of summer
  23. Uriel – angel of the month of September, of those born under the signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn; an angel of creativity
  24. Yael/Jael – a cherub who attends the throne of God
  25. Zaniel – angel who rules Mondays and the sign of Libra

Do you have a favorite angel name of your own?

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charliehotsox Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 2:33 am

I LOVE Hariel! What a fantastic, unusual alternative to Harry, and with so much meaning. I’d be interested in the meaning of the name…

http://www.legitbabenames.wordpress.com Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 8:49 am

I’ve always liked Dabria for a girl.

Bella (spotlightstarlit) Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 11:17 am

Being a Gabrielle myself I have always fantasized marrying a Carmichael!

Raphael is my dad’s favorite boy’s name (which I will use) and I’ve always loved Dabria!

braveangel2 Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

This is such a cool post! I actually started a name list for of everything that would work (meaning-wise) with my name, Angel.

I envisioned a Gabriel, Evangeline, Gabrielle, and Raphael.

literaturegeek Says:

September 14th, 2010 at 2:15 pm

The only ones I could see myself using are Yael, Raphael, Michael or Gabriel. Not much into zodiac etc.

Mnemosyne Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 12:26 am

What about Phanuel? Some traditions consider him a fourth archangel, based on the biblical book of Enoch.

babynamesrule Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am

Layla is my all time favourite name. I didn’t know about the angel bit though, cool!

Tirzah Says:

September 15th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

How could you forget Seraphina? I like Seraphim as a name too.

astorastilbe Says:

September 16th, 2010 at 2:14 am

Remiel was on my boys list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramiel

SenrinSky Says:

September 17th, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I love Zaniel! It would make an interesting option to Daniel (unless you really like the “d” at the beginning). And Tariel (even though this is most likely a masculine name) would be a nice change from Tara, which could still be a nickname. Same thing for Sarae and Sarah.
I also really like Raziel, Janiel, and Calliel.

One Question: How would you pronounce Raziel? I would say Rah-zee-el. Same thing with Janiel? There’s Jahn-ee-el or Yahn-i-el. I personally like Yahn-ee-el better.

*person* Says:

June 13th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

The only strait-forward angel name I like is Seraphine.
I like:
Ezra,
Michael (My father’s name),
Claire (My name),
Madonna,
Juno,
Minerva,
Vega,
Venus,
Jupiter,
Hera,
Aphrodite,
Eros,
Hephaetus,
Aquarius,
Taurus,
Gaia (too associated with “gay” though, possibly for a book character)
Nabu,
and to a lesser extent
Rabia (If it’s pronounced Rab-EE-ah, not Rab- I-ah),
Irin
and Zaniel,

Megan Says:

July 19th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Our son is named Gabriel Kaige and when/if we have a daughter her name will be Lailah Reign…

stormygirl84 Says:

December 9th, 2012 at 9:14 am

Sadly, I’m incredibly fond of a not-so-nice angel name…

Lucifer.

I love the sound of it. I don’t care about the connotation of it, honestly – I am not a Christian, after all – but I know I could never get away with it. The best I could hope for is Lucy for a little girl (which I’m okay with). Although Lucifer would also make a good cat name…

I do love Gabriel as well, but it’s becoming so popular that I’m a bit turned off. And Michael is lovely, too, except the fact that it’s been in the Top Five boys’ names for decades. It’s also my father-in-law’s first name and my husband’s middle name. I’m not a fan of recycling names like that, so that’s definitely out.

MissTrash Says:

April 2nd, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Malachi means “My messenger” or “My Angel” I think. Love that name 🙂

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