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Gabriel Byrne is an Irish actor.
Elphi  12/21/2005
I really dislike this name, I think it sounds very feminine and dorky. I think the child would be teased.
jazzi  1/12/2006
My brother is called Gabriel (pronounced GAH-bree-el in Swedish). I think it's the most beautiful boys' name there is! It's not "feminine" (BTW, is that a derogative word or something!?) and he isn't teased!
Caprice  1/13/2006
This is my favorite boy's name, I have choosen it for the name of my son!
angel09613  1/14/2006
To me this name is very masculine and strong sounding peaceful name.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2006
I bear Gabriel and it's a bit funny for me to say this, but every time I hear my name there's a surge of strength that rises inside me. I know that name is so special and only for special people.
gabrielzannu  1/31/2006
Gabriel does nothing for me. I find it to be rather blah-sounding, and a little pretentious.
Miss Natla  2/16/2006
I've always loved this name -- it gives the impression of great strength, character, distinction, gentleness, and passion -- but I'm not fond of the common moniker Gabe. Therefore, I chose this as the middle name for my eldest son, Liam.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2006
I absolutely love this name. It makes me think of a man who is peaceful, strong and intelligent.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Gorgeous name. I even like the nickname of Gabe. There is something very powerful that goes with this name. A strength and goodness. I would definitely name my son Gabriel.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I do not like this name at all. I agree that it's too feminine and I would never name my son this.
clicktrack  7/8/2006
This name is much too effeminate for a boy. I mean, just add two letters and you get Gabrielle! It's also very pretentious and prissy sounding. I would think any boy with this name would be teased mercilessly.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
I love this name! I don't think it sound feminine (especially the nickname Gabe). Lots of male names make female names by adding a few letters. Ex: Daniel + le = Danielle, Stephan + ie = Stephanie, Alex + is = Alexis.
pink_floyd_fan  7/23/2006
There's an Acadian story of Gabriel and Evangeline, who are lovers that are separated because of a war but reunited as he dies in her arms. This is a famous and important cultural story and there is a monument of Evangeline in Grande Pré, Nova Scotia, Canada.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2006
I really love this name, there is something very strong and passionate about it. I love that it is the name of an Angel and it gives me the impression of someone who is fighting for goodness and justice because of it. I think that it's masculine and represents strength. I want to name my first son Gabriel.
― Anonymous User  9/14/2006
I really like this name, and I like the nickname Gabe. This name isn't terribly masculine, but I don't think it sounds feminine.
angelgurl  10/31/2006
My son's name is Gabriel, but we pronounce it the French way. I think it sounds more beautiful pronounced Ga-bree-EL.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2006
In the book 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry, the main character's family takes care of an infant named Gabriel. Gabriel is a very important character.
scarletquillraven  12/28/2006
I think this is a very classy name for a boy and I like it a lot. :)
Tito82  1/14/2007
I really like the name Gabriel. No it's not too feminine because it has a feminine form Gabriella. That's the feminine of the name. Gabriel is a very masculine name. And it's biblical, you can't go wrong with that in my opinion of course. :) I do adore this name.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/16/2007
I love the name Gabriel too, so much that my friends use it as my nickname sometimes! I definitely disagree about it being too feminine, and as 'pink_floyd_fan' pointed out, a lot of names such as Daniel and Alex have feminine forms and no-one complains about them. I'm probably going to name my first son Gabriel.
Gabriel-Dude  2/8/2007
It's not only biblical, it features in Islamic traditions also. People fail to see the similarities between the two religions! Both the religions have the same prophets with different names, there is also a lot in the Qu'ran (to my belief) about Mary, but called Mariam (feel free to correct me). As for Gabriel, it is trendy and I feel it gets old fast. But it's a decent name, though overused. Check the popularity charts.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2007
Not my favorite boy's name, the way I've always heard it pronounced, it just sounds too similar to "Gabrielle" (I know they are the masculine and feminine verisons of the same name--but still), and maybe it's just because I've known far more Gabriellas and Gabrielles, and because I always thought that angel Gabriel was a girl (again, probably because I grew up with a Gabrielle, but I didn't know there WAS a boy version of the name for a good long time, I always thought they were saying Gabrielle!). I agree completely that it is a very beautiful sounding name (far more beautiful than Gabrielle, in that slight difference in pronunciation, although I am biased because I never really got along with the Gabrielle I grew up with), and I really do love it, but my impression of the name is still not exclusively male. In my head it's more of an androgynous name, like Alex or Jess(i)e, but given that it's typically given to males, well, let me put it this way: I don't see any male wrestlers, American Football players, or body-builders with the name "Gabriel", (I apologize if there are any, I don't really follow sports too much). However, I can see a male singer, artist, and actor with the name (more my crowd anyway). That's my impression of it at least.

I would never call "Gabriel" a masculine-sounding name, but that isn't meant to be an insult. In my opinion, Dominique or even Ryan isn't "a man's man" name either. It's too gentle, but hey, a sensitive man is just as good as or even better than a jock--not that a name really decides a personality. I prefer less rough names for boys anyway, but there is a warning label if "Gabriel" is being thought of as a baby name: just be wary of the English pronunciation.

As pretty as it is, there's no way the boy (or even if it's a girl) is getting away unscathed with that name. Not in this day and age, although every name get's picked on (unavoidable), but some names are asking for it more than others, so this kid would really need the lesson "don't care what other people think" drummed into their head, which is an important lesson anyway regardless of your name.
Irish Pearl  2/14/2007
Gabriel is not an archangel because there is only one, that being Michael. Gabriel is the only holy angel other than Michael named in the Bible; the only materialized angel to give his name. Twice Gabriel appeared to Daniel: first, near the Ulai River “in the third year of the kingship of Belshazzar” to explain Daniel’s vision of the he-goat and the ram (Da 8:1, 15-26); and second, “in the first year of Darius” the Mede, to deliver the prophecy concerning the “seventy weeks.” (Da 9:1, 20-27) To Zechariah the priest, Gabriel brought the good news that he and his aging wife Elizabeth would have a son, John (the Baptizer). (Lu 1:11-20) To Mary, the virgin girl betrothed to Joseph, Gabriel declared: “Good day, highly favored one, God is with you.” He then told her that she would give birth to a son, Jesus—he “will be called Son of the Most High.”—Lu 1:26-38.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2007
Gabriel is an Archangel along with Michael. Re-read your Bible. Do your research. Your comment is completely wrong.

I love the name Gabriel. To many it may sound feminine but it's not. All male names sound feminine because too many people use them for girls names. But if it were a feminine name then it would be a girls name. But it's not. It's a masculine name. Why you ask? Because it's a boys name not a girls name.

I knew some Gabriels that I went to school with and none of them were teased. Whats wrong with the name? Really? Why would they get teased? Just because you may think it is feminine sounding doesn't mean the rest of the world does.

It's an awesome name! It's also historical and classic.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2009
I love the name Gabriel. It will definitely be my first son's name. I think it is so cool that an angel has a nice name that people like the sound of.
Kailey Baby Girl  2/19/2007
I really like this name. I'll admit it sounds a bit unisex, but I don't care. It sounds gentle and caring. Gabe isn't a bad nickname, either. I would seriously consider using Gabriel on my son, if I ever have one.
scarletquillraven  2/19/2007
If I'll ever have a son I might call him Gabriel. I have loved this names for years and I think it's a lovely name!
― Anonymous User  3/8/2007
I'm very fond of the name Gabriel. It's one of my favorites. It's strong and almost graceful. I picture a tall, muscular, thoughtful young man.
doodlebug  4/21/2007
Gabriel is definitely not a feminine name. It actually surprises me that people would think that. This is a nice name, and I would pair it with Christopher, so a son could be called Gabriel Christopher which would mean something like, "The angel that bears Christ". Beautiful, in my opinion.
Brianna Angela  6/3/2007
I love this name! It reminds me of the angel Gabriel. I do not think it is feminine at all! If you want it to be feminine then add "la" at the end for Gabriella, which I also like. I plan on naming my son this whenever I have children. He will probably go by his middle name though because I do think he may get made fun of. I like the names Gabriel Kelton together.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2007
In the United States, the name is correctly pronounced Gay-bree-il. It is NOT pronounced like the feminine version, Gabrielle, in English. Unfortunately, my husband has to constantly correct people on how to pronounce his name.
QueenoftheHouse  6/20/2007
The feminine of Gabriel is actually Gabriela/Gabriella, but Gabrielle has caught on as a feminine version to Gabriel as well in the past decade in the U. S.
QueenoftheHouse  6/20/2007
There isn't really anything wrong with this name, I guess. I used to love it, and I gave it as a middle name to a character in my story. Unfortunately, it reminds me of someone I really do not like, especially with the nickname Gabe.
― Anonymous User  6/21/2007
My name is Gabriel. However, I go by "Gabe", and would never by Gabriel. I do not like bearing the name "Gabe" or "Gabriel" for several reasons; the top 2 are as follows:

1. I am in sales, therefore everyday I am mistaken for Dave, David, Gay, Dan, Gave, etc. This is an everyday occurance.

2. If you are going to name your son Gabriel, call him Gabriel for life; If you are going to call him Gabe, name him Gabe, not Gabriel.

Take it as is. But being named "Gabe" is kind of a beating. I can say that I've only known 2 Gabe's in my life.
gmsmlm  7/3/2007
It's #28 on the popularity charts in the U.S. for 2006, so apparently many, many American parents do not find it 'unusable' or 'horrible' or 'effeminate'. Thankfully.
― Anonymous User  7/10/2007
It is Scandinavian too. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  7/25/2007
I know someone who named their daughter Gabriel, and I thought it was clever. I really like it as a girls name.
― Anonymous User  7/30/2007
I think this name is great. I'm actually considering it for one of my possible boys. It's not that feminine, and I've known only one Gabriel in my area, so that's attractive for me, plus, I enjoy biblical names. I, however, dislike Gabe, it gives me the image of a fat kid for some reason, (sorry Gabes). So if I use this name, he'd just be Gabriel. Great name!
spaz123  8/10/2007
If anyone names their child this, know that a common nickname for Gabriel is Gay-briel. I am sorry if you like this name, but in a story I am writing, I put the devil's undercover name as Gabriel.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2007
I love this name so much! It sounds so strong and meaningful because of the angel Gabriel! I also don't mind Gabe too much, but the full name is much better.
smurphul  9/28/2007
We chose to name our son Gabriel Michael. Never have I thought it to be a "girly" sounding name. I have always thought it to be a strong masculine name. I love the character of it, like a knight or a warrior. As for most names I don't like the short versions of them but Gabe is a nice name too. I feel that we chose the perfect name for him. :)
Giggly_girl24  10/23/2007
I'd only give this to my child if pronounced GA-bre-ul.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2008
I have a 13 year old son whose name is Gabriel. I think it sounds beautiful. The name Gabriel sounds beautiful and strong. So not only is Gabe NOT a nerdy feminine name, but all you have to do is look at my beautiful boy to SEE how strong he is. AND NOT feminine, but if he were, so what. This isn't 1950.
GabesMom1  2/26/2008
I adore the name Gabriel, it's great to use when you are writing because you could use it symbolically in the sense of an angelic being. Or my personal favourite, using the name Gabriel in an ironic sense. Have an evil charecter with the name. Sort of like on the television show, Heroes. The one character Sylar's real name is Gabriel.
writingmuse13  2/28/2008
Gabriel Eduardo Saporta is Cobra Starship's lead singer.
Ryx3  2/29/2008
In NBC's fictional drama "Heroes" the main antagonist of Volume 1 has the name Gabriel Gray, commonly known by his assumed name of Sylar.
Strider  3/4/2008
In the movie "The Patriot" Heath Ledger plays Gabriel.
Patricia Underwood  3/20/2008
To the person who commented that Gabriel was too feminine because "add two more letters and you get Gabrielle!" Perhaps that's because Gabrielle is the feminine version of Gabriel?

I'm not sure why people think this name is feminine, unless it's because Gabrielle (at least where I live) is more commonly heard as a name than Gabriel. I love this as a name and it would definitely make the short list if I had a son to name.
Townzell  4/10/2008
I'm not big on Biblical names as a concept, but this is one of the nice ones. It doesn't sound pompous or overly foreign like all those hickish -iah names that I can't stand. The name has a fairly pleasant sound to it, and it doesn't sound too youthful for a grown-up. It can also be shortened to Gabe, which is an okay nickname. I hold nothing against the name, as long as you don't decide to name the boy Angel Gabriel. Has been done, by the way.
slight night shiver  5/25/2008
Gabriel Syme is the main character in G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday.
Shasta  5/30/2008
Singer Angelo Kelly and Kira Harms have a son Gabriel Kelly, born on 3. July 2001 in Cologne, Germany.
Emilie007  7/4/2008
Number 28 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
I LOVE this name for a boy! It's one of my favorite Biblical names (I'm Christian, by the way). But I hate girls named Gabriel or Gabrielle or Gabriella or whatever. No, just no. It 's too masculine for a girl. I'm a girl named Tyrelle, (my parents didn't know it was an actual name) and I'm used to weird comments, but the use of Gabriel or variations of it bother me. Please leave this as a boy's name.
Tyrelle  8/5/2008
My son's name is Gabriel. I feel that it's a name that, along with names such as Julian, Adrian, and similar are clearly masculine, but are "soft-masculine". Patrick and Michael are names that I'd place in a category of more "hard-masculine". He's young enough that teasing isn't an issue either way, but it's a common/well-known enough name that I doubt it's going to open him or the herds of young Gabriels up to much trouble (in 2005, his birth year, it was ranked #28--hardly unheard of).

I am not a huge fan of the nickname Gabe, but I find Gabriel to be lyrical and strong. Ask me in 10 years or so if he has any regrets about our choice for him. :)
dreaming78  10/10/2008
Well, I'm expecting a child in May and Gabriel is one of my top choices. I just so happened to see your comment.. nine years later. Does your son have any regrets about your choice for him?
bartarthur  11/16/2017
As to what others have said above I would have to say I wouldn't name my child Gabriel, either. It's a bit old-fashioned. Though I think it's lovely for the Archangel, Gabriel. :)
_0TophasNails_1  11/13/2008
I love this name aand it has such a great meaning: "Strong man of God". What better title could you give your son?
DorktasticKelly  12/18/2008
Ok I have to take it back. I love this name. It's so sweet and not so common! When I hear this name I'm going to think of an angel and a great friend.
_0TophasNails_1  1/19/2009
I love this name, it's so sweet and beautiful! And I'm not just saying that because I know a sweetheart by this name. It really is attractive and it's not too old-fashioned for nowadays, in my opinion. So parents, if you like this name, I'd say go for it.
_0TophasNails_1  3/2/2009
In the movie Van Helsing, the title character's first name is Gabriel, played by the marvelous Hugh Jackman. This is definitely in my top five boys names. I don't think it sounds feminine at all, but lyrical and strong. I like the nickname Gabe too. I would definitely name a son Gabriel.
britto08  4/25/2009
I met a girl with this name. It was strange, I thought her name was Gabrielle first. She even goes by Gabe, or Gabby, which is much better since she's a girl.
MtotheK  7/2/2009
Pronounced GAHP-ree-el in German. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
This is such a sweet, lovely name! My boyfriend bears this name; I thought it was kind of an old-fashioned name but that thought changed when I met him :)

I think this is good for a middle name, too, like Shawn Gabriel. It's not too old-fashioned, at least not to me.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2009
It's pronounced GAY-bree-ell. And I really dislike the GAY part.
McHobbit  10/25/2009
I just created an account to tell everyone that this name sucks. In Spanish it's pronounced gabrielle and in English gaybriel.

So I had Spanish friends teasing me about the gay part and American friends teasing me about the girly pronunciation AND THE GAY PART.

I finally got everyone to call me by my middle name and I went as far as going to court and changing my name for good. Got rid of Gabriel entirely.

If you wanna screw your kid go ahead and name him Gabriel. It's a relief that I don't have to introduce myself as gay anymore (Gabe sounds just as gay, after a while everyone is just calling you gay) this name sucks period.
horriblename  11/8/2009
Personally, I have never been teased with this name. I usually go by Gabe, and I like it just as much as Gabriel. After all, gay does mean happy. :)
Fireballs619  11/15/2009
Gabriel always reminds me of a cute little boy with curly brown hair. It's a pretty name, and almost every pronunciation is nice.
XxproudrulerxX  11/28/2009
I don't really care for this name. It's not that it's feminine, because it isn't (I mean, I doesn't sound feminine to me). It does have an interesting meaning to it, which is nice, but, I realize this is stupid, but here goes:
The first syllable seems to be what really bothers me. "Gabe" sounds too much like "Babe," and I don't like that word/name because of that dumb pig movie. XD
― Anonymous User  12/5/2009
Absolutely pretty. All Gabriels I've met have been very smart and funny and have the prettiest eyes! I call my honey Gabe, often times I call him Babe. I think it's very masculine and strong and I love the "messenger" connotation to it!
― Anonymous User  12/30/2009
While Gabriel is traditionally considered one of the archangels due to his being the only other named angelic being in the Bible besides Michael and Satan, the Bible never actually says that Gabriel is an archangel. It says simply that he "stands in the presence of God." (Luke 1:19) This does not mean that he is an archangel. He could very well be one of the seraphim (the one with the human face, since Daniel describes him as a man). I personally don't think Gabriel is a seraph, due mainly to the fact that the seraphim are not identified by name in their scriptural context. But I'm not completely ruling out that possibility, either.
Atarah Derek  1/3/2010
This name is one of my favorites, but I feel like it's way too Christian and popular to use.
Aureliano  2/27/2010
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez (b. 1927) is a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

His nickname is "Gabo".
SandSea  3/31/2010
I like the sound of the last syllable but not of the first, whether its pronounced "GAHB" or "GAYB". Overall, though, Gabriel is a strong, classic name.
Athena Nike  4/4/2010
I don't care for this name. It's highly overrated and overused. I don't think that Gabriel sounds feminine at all, just very boring. No offense to the angel who has this name.
bananarama  4/16/2010
Gabriel Badilla Segura (born June 30, 1984 in San José) is a Costa Rican footballer. He plays of New England Revolution.
MaggieSimpson  5/10/2010
Gabriel is my boyfriend's name, and it is a name that, to me, leaves the impression of strength both intelligent as well as gentle and kind. I feel that it is not feminine (that would be Gabrielle or Gabriella), but rather masculine in a quiet yet strong way. The name certainly does not seem overused to me (I've only known one Gabriel), but I hear complaints about it being "overused" and "too popular". To these I will say: it's a handsome name for a boy, and if you love it, use it. We could use more Gabriels in the world.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2010
I LOVE this name, if I have a son I'll name him this name. Either Gabriel or Daniel. My dad thinks it's tacky, but my mom loves it too. One of my closest friends has this name, pronounced gah-bree-el.
maryy.ia  9/19/2010
I named my son Gabriel after the Archangel and the infant child in The Giver. Despite what some of the others have commented, I have not heard a negative comment about my son's name. People have praised me for giving him a strong, yet beautiful, name with a rich history. My son is commonly called Gabe.
bellehime  10/10/2010
I like this name, it's rather handsome.
Chrila96  10/30/2010
Also used in Croatia.
Sofia  1/4/2011
Gabriel is my name. I find it very hard to be named Gabriel/Gabe. It is not at all a common name despite its mild increase in popularity.

Expect your son to be the only Gabriel in school. Expect him to be mercilessly teased about it being a "girls name" in kindergarten and early elementary school.

Expect him to be mercilessly teased about it for being "gay" in later elementary through high school.

This kind of thing can damage a person to one degree or another. And honestly, who needs that kind of hassle? Why make a child different and at a disadvantage right off-the-bat with something so personal and inseparable as his name?

Some may retort that a rose by any other name. . . But roses don't have minds like people do. A name becomes intertwined with SELF and IDENTITY on a very personal and every day level.

Honestly, it's a unique and meaningful name in many ways. But it's just not worth it.
sgthenshaw  1/8/2011
I absolutely LOVE the name Gabriel. It's so soft, yet masculine and strong at the same time. I'd love to name my future son Gabriel Raphael-- in honor of the two angels.
slapshort58  1/16/2011
This isn't my favorite sounding name, but I LOVE the meaning! I'd definitely consider using it on a son.
Liesl  1/23/2011
I LOVE this name, and I don't think it's at all feminine. I will definitely consider naming one of my sons Gabriel.
Beatrix1  2/6/2011
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the famous pre-Raphaelite painter, was born Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti. He assumed the name Dante in later life.
xsai  5/27/2011
Our son, Gabriel, is named after my Ukrainian grandfather, Havrylo. I believe that the Ukrainian version of the name Gabriel (and pronunciation) should be included here. Thanks!
mpgangle  6/7/2011
A famous bearer of this name is Gabriel Faure, one of the most impacting French composers of his era. Some of his more famous works include "Clair de lune", "Pavane", and "Sicilienne".
rv14142  7/10/2011
This is a fantastic, powerful name that reminds me of either the archangel, a brave young warrior, or just your regular guy. The only setback is the terrible nickname "Gabe".
Black_X  7/13/2011
Gabriel Iglesias, an American comedian, is a famous bearer of this name.
Meapergirl  10/22/2011
Why isn't the Spanish pronunciation listed, which is (more or less) GAHB-rree-el?
Meapergirl  10/22/2011
Gabriel is a great name: an angel; a winged warrior, pure of heart and fierce of spirit. I hate "Gabe" though, it turns an archangel of righteous fury into a beer-bellied middle-aged red-neck guy. After toying around with the sounds of this name (Gay. Gabe. Brie. Briel. Riel. Riely. Gay-Ri. Gay-El.) and came up with Gale. Gale is the best nickname (if you really want to shorten it) for Gabriel. It is one syllable yet retains the strength of Gabriel and adds a touch of storminess :).
Meapergirl  12/17/2011
Name of the day on 23 January 2012.
Bazinga  1/23/2012
Fauré's full name was Gabriel Urbain Fauré.
― Anonymous User  8/6/2012
Forever associating him with his Supernatural version. Before that, he was just the winged guy in a dress from renaissance paintings. After Supernatural, he's a funny and lovable character and also a badass.
Patria-Sue  8/22/2012
A famous bearer is actor Gabriel Macht.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2012
I like it. Female variations
SEC908  10/6/2012
I've only met one person named Gabriel in my life, he was a really sweet, quiet little boy. I like this name a lot, and it's apparently becoming very popular.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2013
A little too trendy, but it has a nice sound to it. The nickname Gabe isn't that bad either, although I prefer Gabriel. Overall, I like the name but unfortunately I'd caution against using it because its very trendy at the moment.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2013
The name Gabriel is also commonly used in Georgia.

In Georgian, Gabriel is written as: გაბრიელ.
Lucille  6/5/2013
Gabriel is a wonderful name with a powerful meaning. It is a name I would definitely use for a son as it is masculine and classic.
DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
Whenever I hear this name, I think of someone in the Revolunionary war for some reason. Regardless. I LOVE this name.
m_lee345  12/9/2013
To me the English pronunciation is horrible as well as the Gabe version of it. I love the way the name is pronounced in Spanish: Gah-bree-el.
To me the connotation of the name is: Enigma, Light, Crystal, Strength, Golden, Gentleness.
As a communicator or God's messenger to men, this angelic being is associated with the third expression or manifestation of God to mankind, that is, with the Holy Spirit.
God's word incarnate in the flesh is the Christ, whereas God's word in its spiritual manifestation is the Holy Spirit.
What can be more telling, enigmatic, powerful and subtle than this name?
baregil  4/12/2014
This is my middle name. I think it's an amazing name and feel sorry for the ones stupid enough to think it's effeminate.
Jason Malcolm  5/1/2014
While not at all fond of the English pronunciation (much prefer GAH-bree-el), I absolutely love this name, it's second only to Dorian for me. (So far I've used both on fictional characters, since nobody in their right mind would let me name an actual child. Good.) It's just too bad my language only uses the feminine form, Gabriela, which I find exceptionally ugly - an unfortunate association with an annoying classmate probably plays a big role in that, but Gabriel is just generally a strictly masculine name to me so it kinda rubs me the wrong way. Same with Gabrielle.
orlageddon  5/30/2014
I love this name. I would have named my son Gabriel had I been blessed with children.
mav002  7/22/2014
Alternate meaning, "He-man of God;"
Specific to the angel, "He-man from God".
Sabertooth  8/3/2014
I am a Gabriel and I couldnt be prouder of the name, I have heard nothing but positive things from people about it and I never had any issues at school because of it at all. I think it is great to have an unusual name, after all who wants to be just another Dave, Mike, Paul, etc not me! Those people who say it is girly or unmasuline are uneducated and ignorant in my opinion. If we have a boy it will be given the name Gabriel.

Mick Jagger from the Rolling Stones has a son called Gabriel and currently the name is the 4th most popular name for a new baby boy in France.
gabrielh  8/12/2014
I don't understand the fuss over this name. Many people simply love and adore it.
I'm not saying it's horrible, but the fact that it has 'gay' in it (gay bree uhl) just makes me not care too much for the name. It definitely has teasing potential because of that. And not to mention the fact that it's so popular with latinos, Spanish and mexicans it's to stereotypical levels.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
The Turkish form of this name is Cebrail. [noted -ed]
Shibbeh  10/6/2014
Alternate meaning, "God is my strength."
LMS  10/11/2014
Gabriel is one of my favorite boy names, but I prefer it as a middle name since I don't like the nickname Gabe. I like it in full - Gabriel. Gorgeous.
― Anonymous User  10/21/2014
Gabriel is a very beautiful name!
hkols  11/3/2014
Gabriel is currently my favorite boy name. It's handsome, yet cherubic. It's strong, yet delicate, but not in any way effeminate or weak. I am glad it is getting the popularity it deserves.
Ali Hassan  1/13/2015
Gabriel Aubry is a Canadian model.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2015
This is also the variant used in Croatia. Apparently, it's even more popular than Gabrijel, which is the 'normal' form of the name, and both are pronounced the same way: GAHB-ree-el.
goricar  3/2/2015
I love this name (mainly because it is my name), but anyhow, it just makes me cry when I hear this name. I just wasn't expecting it. I think it is very masculine and I absolutely love it.
― Anonymous User  3/3/2015
I have so much love over the name Gabriel. It's handsome, graceful, lovely and utterly sweet.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2015
Gabriel Garcia (also known as Kirino Ranmaru) is a character in Inazuma Eleven GO.
― Anonymous User  3/14/2015
Hate, hate, hate, hate this name more than any other name. Gab reminds me of jab, and jab reminds me of fighting, so I can only associate this name with a brat who fights and gets into trouble.
Antonio432  3/24/2015
I don't get the big fuss and all the ooo's and ahhh's over this name. The "gay" sound in the name makes me pull further away from ever using it on a child and not to mention that it's a stereotypical name among Mexicans and Spanish people.
― Anonymous User  5/22/2015
To the user above me: Is there any reason why you've felt the need to make the same comment twice in two separate years?

The name is only pronounced initially with the "gay" sound if you use the English pronunciation. The original pronunciation has always been GAB REE EL without the word "gay" being used. Indeed, as this site shows, only the English pronounce the name that way. All other languages pronounce it more correctly.

Sounds to me like some people were either bullied by someone named Gabriel and hate the name for that reason or are simply jealous of the name because they have some boring name like Tom, Dick or Harry.

There's a fuss over the name because of its strong connections in history and with the archangel. Also it's one of the Hebrew names ending with "el" for God so like Raphael, Michael, Immanuel or Ezekiel, it's a special name in terms of religion.

Seems like there's a lot of ignorant people commenting here on this name though.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2015
Gabriel was the middle name of French author Jules Verne (1828-1905), who wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and many other novels, mostly science fiction or fantasy. His works are considered some of the earliest examples of the steampunk genre.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2015
Gabriel Varden is a character in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2015
The angel Gabriel is called "Jibrail" in Islam. It is written as "جبرائيل" in Arabic and is pronounced "jib-RA-eel".
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
Whoops! Would like to correct my previous comment. The angel Gabriel is called "Jibril" in Islam. It is written as "جبريل" in Arabic and is pronounced "jib-REEL".
― Anonymous User  10/23/2015
Gabriel is certainly a soft-masculine name to my mind, but masculine nonetheless. I've known several Gabriel's throughout life of varying ages and all are boys. According to the Social Security statistics it is quite a common name for boys but is not even listed for girls. So I'm really wondering where all these comments are coming from saying it is a girls name, I do find it very peculiar. Perhaps you were all thinking of the name Gabrielle? That's actually a different name and it is even spelled differently. Anyhow, it's a nice name, I'm considering it. Lovely meaning too. My only issue with it is that it's so common!
― Anonymous User  1/18/2016
I love this name, whether it's pronounced GAY-bree-el or GAH-bree-el. It sounds powerful and regal, definitely like an archangel's name. However, I hate the nickname Gabe, as it sounds like the name of a beer-bellied, chain smoking gambler. It completely lacks the regal feel of Gabriel. I agree with a previous user that Gale is the best nickname, or else none at all.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
The name Gabriel was given to 52 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
My son is named Gabriel - and no, he is NOT teased, and that actually makes me laugh because I think those who commented that they hate their name being Gabriel for that reason, (and that they were the only Gabriel in their school) must be older. Times have changed, so have names and what women want in men, namely that the name itself is more popular, and kids don't have the same associations with the name as older people might - and "Gay", (in case you haven't noticed) isn't a negative word as one that your kids will use as an insult to each other. It isn't cool to hate, anymore. So they won't twist the root sound of this name into something negative; they won't even associate it, it won't be the socially accepted thing to do and no one wants all the girls jumping down his throat and turning against him.
Young women that will be coming of age with your children, are much more open to romance and a gentle masculinity that doesn't need to assert itself by posing, but is quietly confident enough to bear a name that a woman finds beautiful to the ear and the heart and not need a brutish, ugly name to find it masculine. As for your hating the nickname "Gabe", well, if you don't like it don't call him that. My son goes by "Riel", which people can choose to pronounce either "Real" or "Ree-el", but when he prefers to be called either that or the full form "Gabriel", (or Ga-BREE-el), he is confident and quick to say so.
So, that being said it is now my opportunity to shamelessly brag, since, you know, some of you guys did actually state all the things you think someone bearing the name Gabriel either is NOT or else that the name Gabriel would somehow deprive your child of being. This is what (my) Gabriel IS: He is a beautiful, tall, blonde, blue-eyed child with dimples who is happy, bright, well-adjusted, athletic, (soccer, swimming, Capoeira, baseball, dancing, extreme frisbee-playing, bowling, acrobatic, slap-stick physical, (makes me believe he's gonna break his neck and crack-up even when I want to pull my hair out and scream at him) ::proud mama grin:: surfing, (his dad had a sponsorship and his aunt is a pro-surfer/environmental scientist and we both grew-up at the beach soo... yeah), skating, (gets that from me), intelligent, funny, dramatically inclined, artistic, (paints, draws - me again), curious by nature, observant, kind, warm, empathetic to others, popular, (because he can relate to others and find common ground) and yes, I am bragging as a mother, but not ONLY as a mother - he is a gamer (an accomplished one since age two - a gift inherited from uncles - and encouraged by them even against my wishes BUT I have to say this has had NO detrimental effect on his desire to play outside or being physical, or his attention-span - he will still willingly sit through entire documentaries - really likes them) and a straight-A student who is learning to speak Portuguese and who plays chess, (and is learning quickly to conquer his opponents, not only in the game but in life - with words and communication and friendship - equanimity and amity, not physical confrontation - although everyone knows he could, if he chose to because he is tall for his age and strong and has practiced self-defense through Capoeira, a form of martial arts learned through dance, music and games - it's actually very cool and fun, and the acrobatics are amazing- def. Recommended). Mostly, he knows kindness, generosity in word and deed, the values of forgiveness, and faith and charity and is being exposed to the right experiences to learn these things, (for instance, we guide him and pay attention to his experiences, but we allow him to make mistakes, and provide opportunities to help others, such as volunteering.

We do not thwart his opportunities by over-sheltering but we do believe children should be protected and sheltered). No, he's not perfect, far from it, (well, except in a mother's eyes, maybe... nah, not even there, but the point is I wouldn't have him any other way. It's true, just wait until you love one. Btw, don't tell them that they're perfect, no matter how much you might want to - that will spoil a child and the type of spoilage you have to worry about is not affected by how much you give him/her, but how you give it, and when and where and why and with what intentions.
Is he obnoxiously self-aware or pretentious? Nope. Sorry. You know why? Because it's in how you raise your child, and how you encourage their natural inclinations and teach them and nurture them that helps to guide them in to being successful people as men and women, and not only a predetermination - What's in a name?
Our Gabriel is only seven. What will he be? I don't know. He wants to be a veterinarian, and his favorite place to volunteer is the local Humane Society, even though he hates anything gross, he says he doesn't mind, "since it helps the animals, I mean, it's not like they can scoop their own poop". I hope he grows into a kind, honest and caring man who does the best he can for himself and for others. That he knows love, to give and receive and not more than his share of suffering. I hope that he will be healthy and happy. That is every mother's hope. We cannot know, we can only do our best, and wait with baited breath. As for his name, it has given him compliments from so many people, and attention - such as from a busy physician on a break, whom he met last night at the library while he was helping the man's daughter to use a computer, and when the busy father returned they struck-up a conversation and I heard the dad exclaim, "You're kidding, your name is Gabriel?!" It turned-out to be his, too. Gabriels tend to share a bond with the name that goes a little further - my son has met lasting friends through his name. If you disagree with these principles, then don't name your child Gabriel - I'm happy my son shares the name with so many cool, loving and faithful people who are also open-minded and if it weeds-out friends from those who would judge him for his name - all the better for it! I'm glad we named our son Gabriel. Oh, and don't judge Gabriel on his mother - Gabriel is his own person. As my cousin would say when anyone compared him to someone in the family, "Gabriel is like GABRIEL", he doesn't have to resemble anyone but himself. He is unique. Just like your son or daughter. Whether she or he's called Gabriel or not. Now, on to his middle name to see what people think of that... ;) ::mischievous grin::
Sojourn Reagan  6/20/2016
Oh my gosh, people named their daughters this? Good grief, it's a masculine name. Just use Gabrielle or Gabriella for a girl.

Now, I love this name. If I have a son, I might use this. Very nice, masculine name. I don't think it's feminine sounding at all. It has a certain soft, sweetness to it, but also a certain strong, masculine sound. Not a big fan of the nickname "Gabe" though.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2016
I am called Gabriel and I'm in secondary school in England. I love my name, it's such a lovely name, but I have been called gay because of the name since around when I was 10 and I've had the name ever since, please call your children the name but I have had to move schools because of the verbal and physical abuse I have had because of my name. I have had an absolute nightmare because of my name but the other side to this is many in the older generation love my name and I get compliments about what a beautiful name I have and I thank god for my name! Please call your child it but please think of the consequences of it.

Ps, I'm not gay at all and have a girlfriend that is beautiful!
― Anonymous User  12/20/2016
Name day- January 23 2017.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/23/2017
The name Gabriel is like archangel Gabriel for boys. But it sounds like a girls' name but it's still a boys'name.
mtittle  2/22/2017
Oh my gosh, birds are naming their daughters Gabriel, which is crazy because it's a boys name!
mtittle  2/25/2017
Gabriel Eduardo Coronel Petrilli is a Venezuelan theater and TV actor, singer and model. He began his career by participating in theater plays, then in 2007 took part in the casting of Somos tú y yo to join the cast in which he plays Gabriel "El Gago", from there decided to open routes to the United States, where he starred in the telenovela Relaciones Peligrosas as Mauricio Blanco. As star of the telenovela, he was nominated in 2012 for the first edition of the Premios Tu Mundo and also for Premios People en Español.
cutenose  6/16/2017
Prince Gabriel of Belgium is the first son and second child of King Philippe of Belgium and Queen consort Mathilde of Belgium. He is currently second in line to the throne of Belgium after his older sister Elisabeth.
lilolaf  6/24/2017
That is my name! Do you know, people that bear this name are extra-ordinary people? There is this strength that comes on me when I imagine who I am from scripture (Bible) especially when I want to give up on something; I will say to myself- Gaby, you can’t give-up! (God never fails and I can’t fail too). Gabriel is not a regular name, it’s a special name.
Gaby  7/5/2017
People in school make fun of my name like saying the first part really slowly like Gaay-Bri-el and it makes me feel sad );
Gabriel Gardner  11/8/2017
Gabriel is not a terrible name. Do not feel bad for having it. It is a holy name in several religions and means strength and hero. This name is beautiful and has a powerful meaning. I myself am teased, but am not bothered. Sure it sounds like gay-breel, but gay actually means happy and in proper means they are unknowingly calling you a happy good-spirited person. So be proud with what ever name you have, they are all special and have meaning. By the way I'm german and I may be called gabriela, but that's the name of a saint, so boohyah suckers. Also Gabriel is an archangel among the the other six of seven and they are the highest class being above sepaphims inclising uriel.
Gabriel Logan.  11/21/2017
There is a character in the video game Overwatch called Gabriel Reyes.
Gabriel05  1/27/2018

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