Along with Angel and Angelina, other angel names ranking in the US Top 1000 include Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Evangeline, Laila, Nathaniel, Michaela, and Gabrielle. Unique angel names attracting attention from parents include Seraphina, Laila, and Cassiel.
Angel baby names are a popular idea, but there are not nearly enough angel names in the bible or other official sources to satisfy most parents searching for angel names. Still, between names that mean angel and those from a range of cultures that signify angel, we've got a growing list of angel names to consider for your baby girl or boy.
Description:Seraphina is one of the most-searched name on Nameberry, destined for even greater popularity. The highest-ranking angels, the six-winged seraphim, inspired the lovely name Seraphina, which was brought into the contemporary spotlight when chosen by high-profile parents Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck for their second daughter, following the influential choice of Violet for their first.
Meaning:"bearer of good news"
Description:Evangeline is a romantic old name enjoying a major comeback, thanks to its religious overtones, Eva's popularity, and the star of the TV megahit Lost, Evangeline Lilly. Evangelia and Evangelina — two variants of Evangeline — are sure to tag along for the ride.
Meaning:"gift of God"
Description:Nathaniel was derived from the Hebrew name Netan’el, meaning “gift of God,” composed of the elements natan, meaning “to give,” and ’el, in reference to God. The name is featured several times in the Old and New Testaments, typically spelled Nathanael. In the New Testament, Nathanael is also known by his other name, Bartholomew.
Meaning:"who is like the Lord"
Description:Micah is a biblical name that growing numbers of parents are looking at as a more unusual alternative to Michael, projecting a shinier, more lively image.
Meaning:"who is like God?"
Description:Michael was derived from the name Mikha’el, which comes from the rhetorical question mī kā’ēl, meaning “who is like God?” in Hebrew. In the Bible, Michael is the archangel who led the other angels to victory in a war against Satan, one of only two archangels (the other is Gabriel) recognized by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. The widespread popularity of Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan were major contributors to its long-running success.
Meaning:"God has healed"
Description:Raphael is a romantic archangel name that sounds both artistic and powerful. Raphael is also a great cross-cultural choice, with significance for people with both Latinate and Jewish roots, plus plenty of grounding in the English-speaking world.
Meaning:"God is my strength"
Description:Gabriel was derived from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, taken from the elements gever, meaning “strong,” and ’el, in reference to God. In Abrahamic religions, Gabriel is the archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth, and appears in Christian, Jewish and Muslim texts. He presides over Paradise, serving as the angel of mercy, life, joy, judgment, truth and dreams.
Origin:Italian feminine variation of Gabriel
Meaning:"God is my strength"
Description:Gabriella is the feminine form of Gabriel, a name derived from the Hebrew Gavri’el. Gavri’el is composed of the elements gever, meaning “strong,” and ’el, referring to God. Gabriella is used among a variety of cultures in the US, including Italian Americans, Latinos, and in the Jewish community. Gabriela is the Spanish spelling.
Meaning:"my cover is God"
Description:Castiel, which vaulted into the Top 1000 on the wings of the angel hero of the television show Supernatural, is the name of the Angel of the day Thursday. It may also derive some appeal from the newly-fashionable "Cas" syllable, as in Cassian and Cassius.
Origin:French variation of Michael
Meaning:"who is like God"
Description:Michelle is the feminine form of Michel, the French variation of Michael. Michael was derived from the Hebrew name Mihka’el, meaning “who is like God.” The alternate spelling Michele, with one “L,” was the original version of the name. Michelle appeared as a later Anglicization in the 20th century.
Origin:Greek, Italian, Spanish, Russian diminutive of Angela
Description:The gorgeous Angelina Jolie has promoted the star power of her name and changed Angelina's image from delicate to intense, from older Italian mama to stylish multi-cultural child. Kids might relate to the dancing mouse in the series of charming children's books, Angelina Ballerina, or to the Harry Potter character, Angelina Johnson Weasley, a member of Dumbledore's army.
Origin:Spelling variation of Layla (Arabic); Sami variation of Helga (Finland)
Description:Exotic and lovely, Laila is one of the lilting variations of Leila and Layla. It's the name of the former-boxer daughter of Muhammad Ali and of actor Shawn Wayans. In Finland, the Sami people use this in place of the Scandinavian name Helga.
Description:Old-school Italian name that could find new fans thanks to singer Adele, who chose it for her son after months of baby name mystery. Angelo is in the same name category as Rocco, the name of Madonna's son, and may get a fresh coat of cool.
Description:Cael is the name of the angel of the zodiac sign of Cancer and also of a warrior of Irish mythology. Its ascendance to the Top 1000 over the past decade probably has to do with its similarity to Cale and Kale (and Kyle and Cayden etcetera).
Origin:French, feminine variation of Gabriel
Meaning:"God is my Strength"
Description:The quintessentially elegant and worldly Gabrielle -- designer Coco Chanel's real name -- is on its descent after years on the rise.
Meaning:"God is my light"
Description:It's the name of an Old Testament archangel that's symbolically given to boys born during Chanukah, but the possibility of unsavory nicknames (urinal?) make the short form Uri a better bet.
Description:Angela was a Top 10 name from 1965 to 1979, the fifth most popular name for three years, and staying in the double digits until the turn of the 21st century.
Origin:Italian, Polish, Russian diminutive of Angela
Meaning:"angel or angelic"
Description:Angelica is by far the choicest form of the angelic names -- more delicate than Angelina, more feminine than Angel, more modern than Angela. But though Angelica is so lacy and poetic, it lags behind the bolder Angelina (probably for obvious reasons).
Description:A son of Noah in the Bible who is also thought to be an ancestor of the Greek people and the guardian angel of Greece.
Meaning:"angel of Saturday"
Description:A common unisex name in Israel, , more properly written as Ya'el.
Origin:Hebrew, Slavic or Irish
Meaning:"pearl of wisdom; gift; or oak tree"
Description:Though Dara was an (extremely wise) male figure in the Bible, this name feels mostly feminine to modern Americans. The Irish Gaelic version, Darragh, is well-used in contemporary times for boys.
Description:A relatively modern (18th C) Irish Gaelic name, Síofra has its roots in superstition: in the past, when babies were born in Ireland their families feared that the fairies would steal the baby and leave an elven changeling child in its place. It’s an uncommon name just starting to pick up in its native country.
Meaning:"helper of God"
Description:If you're seeking a biblical name somewhat similar to the popular Samuel but way more distinctive, this could be the one.
Origin:Spanish and English
Description:Angel is a perennial Hispanic boys’ name, but it was Buffy the Vampire Slayer that brought it into the Anglo-male camp, where it's now heard more frequently, though it still poses some gender confusion. Angel is very popular, and very traditionally masculine, in the Latino community.
Origin:Spanish and Portuguese version of Hebrew Raphaela
Meaning:"God has healed"
Description:Spell it Rafaela (Spanish), Raffaella (Italian), Rafaela (German), or Raphaela (Hebrew), this is a euphonious and lovely name with a dark-eyed, long-flowing-haired image, which is, like Gabriella and Isabella, beginning to be drawn into the American mainstream.
Origin:Feminine variation of Michael
Meaning:"who is like God"
Description:This most proper form of the name shot up the charts in the nineties, only to sink just as precipitously, supplanted by upstarts Makayla and McKayla ad infinitum.
Origin:Hebrew, feminine variation of Raphael
Meaning:"God has healed"
Description:A euphonious and lovely name with a dark-eyed, long-flowing-haired image, Raphaela is, like Gabriella and Isabella, beginning to be drawn into the American mainstream.
Origin:French diminutive of Angela
Description:Angelique is on the rise, on the heels of sister names Angelina -- as in Jolie -- and Angelica, partly thanks to the Dark Shadows glamour girl played by Eva Green. After a long run of girls’ names that end with a, we think the vowel sound at the end is fresher.
Meaning:"from the angel"
Description:This name obviously has the prefix De- that denotes "son of"—in this form it can mean either "son of Angelo" or "from the angel."
Description:An undiscovered surname possibility with upscale overtones, could be enlivened with nickname Ingo.
Description:Amael is the name of an archangel that governs virtues and the month of December. This name might also relate to the Arabic Amal, which means hope or inspiration. Amael makes one of the many ancient and unusual names for December babies.
Meaning:"messenger from God, angel"
Description:Bell-like and original.
Description:This name of the Hindu god of the sun and of friendship sounds feminine enough to work for a girl.
Origin:Hebrew variation of Dinah or Adinah
Meaning:"judged or delicate"
Description:Dina is a 20th century version of either Dinah or Adinah, two Old Testament names not related to each other. Dinah was the beautiful daughter of Jacob and Leah, while Adinah or Adina was a male soldier, though the name is also used for girls in modern Israel.
Origin:Diminutive of Angela
Description:Cute nickname of Angela and other angelic names, Angie is now being used on its own, although its popularity has fallen in recent years. That said, Angie is one of those surprising classics, hanging on in the girls' Top 1000 continuously since its inception in 1880.
Description:Malika is an attractive multi-cultural name--it is also a pet form of Amalia in Hungary.
Description:This feminine Maori name, meaning angel, is a perfect name for that little angel who deserves something more exotic than Angela and something less Hollywood than Angelina.
Origin:Dutch diminutive of Angelique et al
Description:The popular Dutch name Lieke is one of those diminutives, like Lena, that can be short for a range of names ending in its sound -- which, by the way, is the two-syllable LEE-ka. Despite its versatility, we don't see Lieke's popularity translating to English-speaking cultures.
Thought to be one of the ten angels who accompanies the sun on its daily course: a lovely image redolent of mythology. If you're looking for names that mean new beginnings, this makes an unusual and evocative choice.
Description:One of the rarest Bert names, Engelbert has been used at least since the time of Charlemagne and is the name of several saints. But mostly, it's impossible not to associate it with Engelbert Humperdinck, both the German composer and the British pop singer (born Arnold Dorsey) who borrowed his name.
Origin:Portuguese and Spanish diminutive of Evangelina,"bringer of good news"
Meaning:"bringer of good news"
Description:Vanina is a name that is, at first glance, miles apart from its origin. But once you say it aloud and look for it, you can see the direct line from Evangelina to Vanina. Vanina could also be a good alternative for people who like the sound of Vanille or Vanilla, but can't bring themselves to use a flavor as a name.
Origin:Spelling variation of Leila
Description:Almost any other Leila variation would be better. Consider Layla, Leyla, and Leila
Origin:Polish variation of Angela
Description:What a difference one letter makes - the somewhat tired, though still heavenly Angela, gets a makeover as exotic and subtle Aniela. Definitely worth considering.
Description:Arcangela is a heavenly possibility if Angel or Angela isn't elevated enough for you.
Description:The great pre-Renaissance painter known as Fra Angelico was actually born Guido di Pietro, but his nom d'art might work for your little angel.
Description:Malak is an Arabic and Turkish name high on the popularity list in several European countries on the girls' side.
Description:Like the Maori name, Anahera, Atchara is a good option for parents looking for the perfect name for their little angel, but wanting to avoid Angela and Angelina.
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