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An ancient Greek name, "Angelos", same for both feminine and masculine. In Greek mythology, Angelos was one of the epithets of god Hermes. Also Angelos was a daughter of Zeus and Hera.
-- Damis  3/3/2005
The name Angel is starting to be very popular in South Africa, specifically female gender. It would really be nice to see popularity stats of names in Africa.
-- angelmannel  6/10/2005
I believe this name is also used in Spanish speaking countries, typically for males. Pronounced Ann-Hell.
-- Anonymous User  9/17/2005
In Spanish the name is masculine, the female version being Angeles (phonetic emphasis on the 'A') quite often along with Maria, ie: 'Maria De Los Angeles' or '(Virgin) Mary of Angels'. Variation: Angelines or Angelita (feminine).
-- caitoxose  9/21/2005
In Spanish the female version is usually Angela.
-- Anonymous User  10/18/2005
It's so weird that someone said that the name Angel is getting really popular in South Africa. My name is Angel, and I live in South Africa. But I have never met or heard of anyone with my name. I would love to meet a guy with my name, that would be cool. My middle name is Blythe which is the Scottish origin name for 'happy' and my name literally means "Angel of Happiness" (that was what my mom intended when she named me, isn't she cool!?)
-- Angel1983  10/23/2005
In Spanish it's pronounced Un-hell (take the 'hell' bit from the throat).
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2005
Angel was the name of the vampire with a soul in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" T.V. show. He was good and fought evil.
-- breakofday  12/9/2005
This name is so stupid for a boy. Parents should be bonked in the head for naming their son Angel. Get a freakin life people!
-- dmforsythe  12/22/2005
No one name is stupid, probably the stupid is your limited brain. Don't you know that any name has a tradition and a different meaning in every country or culture? It is so obvious! This kind of comment breaks my nerves.

About Angel: in Catalonia it is also a popular name, and its pronunciation in Catalan is [an-jal]. It is my name and I'm very proud. An inhabitant of the sky.
-- ANGELBARNA  1/28/2006
Can also be a nickname for Angela.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
I once saw a combination like Angel Heaven Sky. Angel is a nice name but with those kind of middle names it looks (and sounds) a bit strange.
-- Anonymous User  3/5/2006
While I like the meaning and family sentiment (my grandmother chose my name), I sometimes wish I had a more "grown-up" name. I feel sometimes people don't take me seriously. New parents should take this as a warning, names like Candy or Epiphany may sound cute when they are babies but how serious are others going to take them when they are a 33 year old children's right advocate? lol. For awhile I tried using my middle name Renee, but I never could get used to it, lol. I named my kids Lydia (Liddy for short or while they are young) and Matthew (Or Matt) NOT repeating that mistake. :)
-- angelrenee  3/14/2006
Personally, I don't feel the name gives me a childish persona or that people dont take me seriously. I love my name and always have, so it just depends on the person. I absolutely love my name and I know there are others who feel the same, so don't be discouraged. I say if you like the name-go for it, you'll never know, they may love it as I do.
-- AngelJean  5/15/2006
The Bulgarian word "angel" means "angel" in English, but in Bulgarian "angel" and "Angel" are pronounced [angel], where [a] is pronounced [a], not [ei], [g] is pronounced [g], not [dj] or [j], [e] is pronounced [e] and the stress falls on the [a].
-- iva_toneva  5/25/2006
I like the name Angel. There was a drag queen in Rent the musical named Angel Dumott Shunard, so that's someone with the name.
-- Anonymous User  7/6/2006
My half sister's name is Angel, and that is what I almost ended up with had my mom not nixed it. THANK GOD, down here (North Carolina) there are a millon and one people named Angel, and most of them are BOYS! I think it's ironic that the name is so popular in South Africa, and in the southern states of America, it just goes to show that this is really a small world!
-- whitedotblackdot  7/26/2006
Angel Ibarra is one of the guitarists of the band Aiden.
-- blackgoodbye  8/8/2006
I love this name and would consider it for a future daughter. I actually think this name ages pretty well; I can't imagine it making as much an impact as Heaven or Storm (both good names by the way).
-- KMF  10/14/2006
I would really love to give this name to a future son, but maybe he'd get beat up?
-- lindamaree  10/26/2006
I was surprised to see here that this name is used for girls. I've never met a girl named Angel but I know many boys by that name! I just thought the girls form was Angela. [noted -ed]
-- davelyn  11/6/2006
I'm from Spain and there´s a guy in my class called Angel. He doesn't get teased about it. His brother is called Gabriel. I have to think that their parents wanted a heaven theme or something.
-- 6diablesse6  11/17/2006
The fictional good guy, Angel Clare, from Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
-- CranberryBex  12/21/2006
I don't really like this name. It's too cute. I feel really sorry for guys named Angel. It's not like it's a bad name or anything, it's just more feminine in my opinion.
-- Anonymous User  1/21/2007
This to me sounds like a trailer park name because all the girls that I've known that have had this name are really trashy.
-- ellahcooper2495  2/10/2007
For some reason, I just prefer the name "Angel" for a boy. It just seems corny, or overly-pretty for a girl (no offense to any female Angels out there), like naming a girl "beauty," and I would think that it could be a hard/annoying name to live up to; delicate, perfect, beautiful, kind, pure. However, for a boy, I just don't have that expectation--and I have no idea why. I guess it might be from those commercials I'd seen for that TV show "Angel", although I never watched it, the commercials alone were enough to associate the male version of the name with a more strong, less-perfect but still a good person (or trying to be), type character. And because of those commercials, I see the name "Angel" and first think of a boy. (scary the effect TV can have on a person, isn't it?) Although I'm sure if I met a girl named Angel, my impression of the unisex name could, well, probably become more equally unisex.

Also, for girls, there are still names like Angela or Angelica, although I don't think those names have the same strong presence as "Angel" might.
-- Irish Pearl  2/11/2007
I like Angelus. But the thing I like most about Angel (and I like it very much for a boy) is that it can mean the complete opposite of its obvious meaning. It's just so epic.
-- dramaelf  3/4/2007
My aunt is called this but I've never thought it suits her much. Her second name is Rowan which suits her more, everyone calls her that instead. I'm also named after her (Hence the name Luangi) which is a combo of both my aunts names (Lucy and Angel).
-- Luangi  4/12/2007
Angel Carter is from The House of Carters. She is the younger sister of pop singer Nick and Aaron Carter.
-- Jassie  5/7/2007
Too pretty for a boy in my opinion. Besides, I used to know a boy named Angel, and he was very odd. Hyper all the time (of course, he was only six years old at the time.)
-- flamestar  5/13/2007
This is my uncle's name (short for Angelito) so I associate it with the male gender. I think it's nice. Though I don't really like it on girls. =/
-- gethsemane_rose  5/21/2007
I like this name a lot. It might be nice for a son someday, but I don't know whether I would pronounce it Ayn-Jull so that is sounds angelic, or On-Hell so that it sounds exotic or accentuated. :-)
-- Brianna Angela  5/27/2007
My cousin pronounces it un-gel.
-- bibi66  5/30/2007
Aside from my cat, what comes to my mind when I think of the name Angel (on-hel) is a hispanic male. Kind of like the same person who might be called Jesus (hay-soos).
-- lilmagill  6/3/2007
I know that it's just pronunciation differences in cultures, but it's almost ironic that in Spanish, Angel is pronounced "on Hell", hell being, well, the opposite of where angels live. ;)
-- Anonymous User  6/20/2007
Also a masculine name in Slovenia.
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Ugh, I don't like this name. I know a girl named Angel and she is by far NOT an Angel.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2007
This is one name that doesn't seem to fit in a board room!
-- Deeedra  9/8/2007
This is a good name for a girl, but I can't imagine it on a guy. No offense to any guys named Angel out there!
-- aquaspirit96  10/4/2007
Angel is a beautiful name!
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2007
In the book Outfield Menace by Mark A. Roeder, Angel Egler is one of the main characters.
-- Sunao  12/28/2007
I actually think it's a stupid name for a girl because if you actually ever read the bible, aren't angels potrayed as more masculine? MICHAEL the arcANGEL. Plus in many Spanish speaking countries it is a boys name. If you call a girl Angel short for a name like Angela, fine, but don't give it to her as her real name.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2008
Angel is not pronounced Un-hell in Spanish. It's pronounced Ahn-hel. It's spelled with an "a" and in Spanish that "a" is pronounced ah. This is my younger brother's name and being American they always assume he's female.
-- Anonymous User  3/4/2008
Personally, I think Angel is an incredibly tacky name. I pity any boy whose name is Angel. If you have to name someone Angel, please make sure it's a girl. It's still tacky, though. On a side note, I know a girl named Angel and she is anything but an Angel.
-- LlamaLover131  3/12/2008
Is also a Spanish name for boys.
-- angetapola  3/17/2008
Angel was traditionally used as a masculine name. According to the encyclopedia, "The word "Angel" in English, French, German, Spanish, and many other European languages is derived from the Greek άγγελος, a masculine noun."

I find it interesting that some people say that they feel sorry for boys named Angel. They think the name is too feminine. Actually, angels were never females. Angels were not depicted as females until much later in our history. Angels in the Bible are all male. For example: the archangels Michael and Gabriel. And angels in the Bible are given tasks such as warrior, herald, guard (at the gates of Eden), wrestler (of Jacob), mover of large stones (at the tomb of Christ), which in traditional societies would all have been tasks typically performed by men.

Also, I think it's quite amusing that some people believe that all angels were good. I saw such comments as, "I know a girl named Angel and she is far from an Angel." Well. Not all angels in the Bible were good. Take Lucifer for example. He was an Angel that fell from Heaven. And I don't think anyone would depict him as good!
-- Coffeebean  3/28/2008
In English usage, this name immediately makes me think that the parents are either trailer park residents, teen mothers who think the name sounds really pretty, or sappy young Christian parents who name the child on a post-partum high. The name is incredibly tacky, and will not age on the bearer well at all.
-- slight night shiver  4/25/2008
A famous bearer of this name is Experiment 624 which was named Angel by Lilo in Lilo and Stitch The Series.
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2008
I like this name, though it's very unusual! I don't think I would name my kid this, boy or girl!
-- Elizabeth A.  6/9/2008
Angel is derived from Angelos (Greek) or Angelus (bells) is a very old name that dates back to being given in medieval times. It is by no means a trendy name but rather a name handed down in proud Christian families.
It is very much a male name and different countries pronounce it in different ways and use accents. There are many people who give their child a name because it sounds nice without any research into it, and it may be inappropriate then.
-- GaiaXaia  6/30/2008
This sounds way too much like a nickname on girls and sounds too weird to me on a boy.
-- number1212  11/8/2008
Now seriously, imagine naming your child this, only to discover that he wasn't a sweet little angel at all. If he was naughty at school, the teacher might say to the crazy parents 'your little angel is a little devil'. So really, it's like naming your child Devil.
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2008
Angel (the English-girl version) is kind of an ironic name, don't you think? Because every girl who's named Angel never seems to be angelic. Am I right? Think about it. Angel sounds like a snotty little bratty girl's name. Sorry to all you "angels" out there. But it really does. I like Angela.
-- annamarie941408  12/1/2008
Angel is the name of a character in Maximum Ride. She has white wings, so she looks like an Angel.
-- Likeyeahwhatev  2/1/2009
I actually prefer this name for a guy. It's a unisex name after all, and there are plenty of guy names used for girls.
-- Kerules  4/6/2009
Kristy McNichol's character from "Little Darlings" was named Angel Bright. The name contrasted with the personality of the character who was tomboyish.
-- JoReia  6/1/2009
I think, like many other people, that Angel isn't really the best choice for a name, as many of the Angels are really not much of an Angel themselves. It's the same with a lot of names. For instance, Delight. If you were to call a child Delight, intending the child was an absolute 'sweetie' and they were a bit on the 'rough and tumble' side, it could be quite difficult. For the child's sake, I would avoid it.
-- 1998emma  7/10/2009
I just LOVE this name, for a boy and for a girl. Actually, I love all the word names. Angel sounds beautiful.
-- enchy  9/1/2009
I know two people named Angel. One's a boy, one's a girl. They're not teased at all. And I think this is a good name for both genders. :) Too see this on a person gives you a whole 'new look at the name.' It doesn't matter if they're nice or anything, it just gives you a look at what this name is like on a person. And honestly, I think it's good.
-- -Julia-  9/15/2009
Also of Spanish origin.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2009
I can see this name working on a man, but not a woman, and probably not very well at all in an English speaking country.
-- vomiting  11/6/2009
Melanie Brown aka Scary Spice has a daughter named Angel Iris, born in 2007. The father is actor Eddie Murphy.
-- bananarama  11/26/2009
I don't like the name Angel. It takes the personality out of a person. What if your child was devil-like? Go for Angeline or Angelina.
-- Alora  3/11/2010
Normally, I'm not a fan of word names. But I like this name for some weird reason. I would not use it, though. It's to childish. As for the gender debate, I like the English pronunciation for a girl, but the Spanish pronunciation for a boy.
-- Black_X  5/6/2010
What-the-what? I can't believe this name is number 37(!) on the BOYS list for 2009. That Angel is a more popular name than Kevin and Justin. Too literal, and I feel forces people into a certain impression of you, without giving you a chance to make your own first impression. Imagine your sweet little boy as a grown man at a job interview, the employer thinking "this guy must come from some batty family". If you want an angelic name, go for Gabriel!
-- JW41926  6/2/2010
It's very popular among the Hispanic American community, and I'm sure that the (male) character of the Buffy spin-off series "Angel" didn't hurt its popularity. And I am not surprised that it's more popular than Justin or Kevin; those names are considered quite dated these days.
-- Anonymous User  12/11/2012
British actress Angel Coulby, who plays Guinevere in BBC series 'Merlin'.
-- insertusernamehere  6/4/2010
It's good on a guy, but on a girl it sounds cheesy, tacky, and modern.
-- Chrila96  9/7/2010
A fictional famous bearer is mysterious video game character Angel Starr from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney.
-- DaphneSusan  9/24/2010
Angel Macias was the pitcher for the baseball team from Monterrey, Mexico who won the 1957 Little League World Series. He pitched the first and only perfect game in Little League championships.
-- Anonymous User  11/21/2010
I'm not a extreme fan of the name, but whenever I hear the name Angel, I think of the show "Angel" and David Boreanaz. Not a bad namesake :) I prefer on a guy for that reason.
-- Dawson  12/9/2010
I like the name Angel, it's pretty. My middle name has Angel in it. It's Angelise.
-- earthangel  3/6/2011
Angel is also a surname and it means messenger of God.
-- earthangel  3/6/2011
I used to think this was a very pretty-sounding feminine name. But then I met a horrid Angel in middle school, and that kind of ruined it for me. Then it was ruined even further once I grew up and realized that it's kind of tacky as well.

I agree with Dawson, though. It reminds me of Angel the Series so a guy named Angel isn't as tacky in my mind. I actually kind of like it, although I would never use it in real life and in stories it'd be too much like the David Boreanaz character.
-- Book_Reader22  3/25/2011
How corny as a name, on either gender. It might be pronounced un-hel and that's fine but spell it Onhel then because NOBODY is going to pronounce Angel that way, sorry.
-- FlakyMatt  7/16/2011
Also the name of Buffy's boyfriend in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (originally Angelus).
-- elizabeth1  8/11/2011
Derives from the Greek name: ΑΓΓΕΛΟΣ, = messenger, also called like this the heavenly creatures in white wings.
Verb: ΑΓΓΕΛΩ = to send a message, to tell
Noun: ΑΓΓΕΛΙΑ
These words are spoken in everyday contemporary Greek.
-- georgev1112  10/17/2011
Angel is also the Russian form of Angelus. In Russia, it is spelled the same as it is in Bulgaria and Macedonia, namely: Ангел.
-- Lucille  2/19/2013
I'd never heard of the name Angel for boys in the US outside of the Hispanic pronunciation An-HEL. But I recently met a little Caucasian boy named Angel, pronounced the English way, and he's the sweetest most adorable little thing, but I can't help but think he's going to be teased mercilessly when he's a teenager. It's just a very feminine name in English-speaking cultures.

For girls, this name falls under the cutesy cheesy category for me (ex. Heaven, Serenity, Destiny...). Okay, it's not QUITE as tacky as the names I just listed, but I'm not a fan. It sounds better for a pet than a human.
-- mrose19  3/14/2013
This name is beautiful... It is simple yet at the same time elegant. Also the spiritual aspect is mezmerizing. My daughter will be named Angel Aaliyah ♥.
-- spokenangel94  6/19/2014
It's funny how it's a girl's name in some countries yet a boy's in others, and then in the U.S. it's unisex, lol.
-- thenamer007  8/29/2014

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