Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. ah-nah-EL, ə-NAYL, ə-NAY-əl, AN-yul (English)
Other Forms FormsAnaël, Ana'el, Aniel, Annael, Hanael, Haniel
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Contributor Contrib.deerskulls on 12/2/2007
Biblical Hebrew name of uncertain meaning, possibly "God answers" (making it an equivalent of Anaiah, using el "God" as the second element as opposed to yah "Yahweh"); alternatively the first element may be related to chanah "favour, grace" (making it a relative of Hananiah and perhaps a form of Hanniel or Channiel). This name is mentioned only briefly in the Apocrypha (Tobit 1:21) belonging to a brother of Tobit. In Jewish tradition Anael is an angel (also known as Aniel or Hanael), often named as one of the seven archangels and associated with the planet Venus.