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An ancient Greek name, a form of "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
Actress Angela Lansbury is a famous bearer.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Angela was the name of the main character on the TV show "My so-called life" starring Claire Danes as Angela.
― Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Angela is a name that combines beauty and the hope of good news.
luckytobehere  12/21/2005
Heavenly creature bearing a message.
luckytobehere  12/21/2005
Angela Bassett is an African-American film actress.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2005
In Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance Trilogy", Angela is a witch who can tell a person's future by reading the knuckle bones of a dragon. Angela reads Eragon's future, which doesn't exactly have pleasing results. So far, everything she predicted has come true, but the story's not through yet! Angela was named for Paolini's younger sister.
Arowen Half-Elven  1/1/2006
I don't know if Angela is pronounced like ahn-HAY-la in another country, but in the Russian language it is not pronounced like that. It is pronounced with a rough 'guh' sound (as in the English word 'get'). So you would pronounce it as ahn-GEL-ah.
Arieanne  2/5/2006
ANGELA sounds very pretty and makes me think of pleasant things.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
Very pretty name; I hope fervently that it does not become overused.
websurfer  3/14/2006
There is nothing wrong with the name Angela. I think this name could easily grow on me. It has withstood the test of time and not faded out like most fad names.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Folk singer Ani DiFranco's birth name is Angela.
Melusine  5/2/2006
The first female German chancellor Angela Merkel. But the meaning of the name doesn't fit. Did you ever see her?
― Anonymous User  5/10/2006
A famous bearer is Angela Cartwright who played Brigitta on The Sound of Music and was also in the television show "Make Room for Daddy".
― Anonymous User  7/7/2006
Angela Watson is a american actress and country singer.
Maggie_Simpson  8/6/2006
Angela is one of the (several) middle names of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
elizabeth hamlet  12/11/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Angela here:
http://www. Nordicnames. De/Aussprache. Html.
_satu_  1/3/2007
My name is Angela and I have always loved it. I went by Angie growing up. Many people have commented on how much they like my name and/or the meaning. I'm an RN in the ICU and have had numerous encounters where my name (the meaning) seems to have brought my patients and/or their families comfort.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2007
Angela Gheorghiu (born September 7, 1965) is a Romanian opera singer and one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed contemporary sopranos. She has a particular affinity for the operas of Verdi and Puccini, as well as the verismo school. She is also considered a great interpreter of French roles. She also performs and records the music of her native Romania, encompassing operatic, lieder, popular and Orthodox church music.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2007
I love the name Angela. Especially with the nickname Angie!
joanie2007  7/30/2007
Angela is my name, and I've always liked it and the meaning. It's a shame you don't hear too many babies with the name anymore!
BlueSomehow  8/7/2007
1940s child actress Margaret O'Brien was born Angela Maxine O'Brien in 1937.
BlueSomehow  8/7/2007
All in all, I like this name a lot. Angel is a nice nickname, but Angela can go on its own also. :D
Brianna Angela  8/16/2007
Angela is also the Slovak form. [noted -ed]
Maggie_Simpson  8/27/2007
This is my name and it has grown on me. Because I was so used to it - being my name and all - I was sort of indifferent to it.

But I have always liked that it began with the first letter of the alphabet. As a kid I would doodle "A" all over the place. While it began with "A" it wasn't quite as popular for my generation as Amy, but I recently found out Angela was almost as popular for my generation based on rankings.

It was the 4th or 5th most popular name for baby girls the year I was born-1974 in the US. When I, despite my better judgement, shared that stat with my Mom, she was shocked. She didn't think it was that popular. But the stats have to be kept in perspective. I knew a TON of girls with the top 3 names born the same year (Jennifer, Amy, and Michelle), but I have only known 1 or 2 other people in the various schools I attended (I moved a lot) with my same name. Not to say I ever considered my name unique, but I didn't think it was nearly as ubiquitous as Jennifer.

With that said, the Beyond Jason and Jennifer authors say my name is "terminally dated." I only agree with half of that statement. I won't deny the name is dated at the moment, but terminally so? Isn't that sort of a narrow minded -and also cocky- statment? How can anyone predict the future? I question the terminal assesment and bet by 2050 the name will be in style again for new babies.
afmastro  11/15/2007
I should clarify something in my last post about Angela. It was late when I was writing, and I realized I had asked "How can anyone predict the future?" Then went on to predict the name will come back in style. This might come across as contradictory. What I really should have stated, is "terminal" indicates permance to me. How can anyone be so certain that a name will remain dated permanently?
afmastro  11/23/2007
Angela is also the Bulgarian and Dutch form. Bulgarian´s variant is also Anela and Aneliya.
Emilie007  6/1/2008
Angela Weber is a character in Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
snickerdoodle  7/23/2008
Angela Montenegro is one of the main characters on the T.V. series "Bones" and is the half Chinese daughter of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, in said series.
Lady_Skywalker  10/2/2008
Angela Dupree in the book Found by Margaret Haddix bears this name.
Alicia1234  11/22/2008
My little sister's name is Angela. She was named after the actress Angela Lansbury who, ironically enough, played Mrs. Potts in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, released the year my sister was born. This name always makes me think of a girl who is strong-willed and rebellious with a punk-rock attitude, but that's because that's the way my little sister is. A very pretty name, in my opinion.
britto08  2/21/2009
The German pronunciation is AHNG-ge-lah. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/6/2009
There's an error in the Italian pronunciation of the name. The correct way to pronounce is "AN-jel-ah", with the stress on the first syllable (unlike the most common Italian terms that have the stress on the penultimate syllable). [noted -ed]
Nigger11  9/23/2009
How could you people forget about Angela Bowie! She's a great woman!
― Anonymous User  10/7/2009
A famous bearer is American actress Angela Kinsey (born June 25, 1971). She's well-known for her role as accountant Angela Martin on the American version of "The Office" and the web spinoff "The Office: Accountants".
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
One of the two middle names of Stefani Joanne Angela Germanotta AKA Lady GaGa.
SunnyHoney  5/3/2010
Adolf Hitler had a sister named Angela!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2010
Lovely sounding name. I like this name for both sound and image I get when hearing it, I imagine an angel. And I LOVE angels.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2010
The Romanian pronunciation for this name is "an-JEL-a". You could replicate this spelling in English as Angella.
JJSkeete  7/29/2010
My name is Angela and I like that I can use different variations. I have been called Ange, Angie, Angela and Angelina. Growing up I wasn't very fond of my name, I am not sure why, but as I am getting older I like it more and more.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2010
I like this name, but it's pretty dated.
Chrila96  10/17/2010
Also used in Croatia, though much less than Anđela.
goricar  11/17/2010
Angela Brazil (pronounced "brazzle") was born in in Preston, Lancashire in 1868. She was an author who published nearly 60 children's novels, most of them girls' school stories, such as "The Princess of the School.".
― Anonymous User  6/16/2012
Angela Merkel

Angela Dorothea Merkel (pronounced [aŋˈɡeːla doʁoˈteːa ˈmɛʁkl̩] ( listen);[1] née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.[2]
sweetbabe  4/20/2013
There is a princess called Princess Angela of Liechtenstein.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2014
Angela Gossow, (Born November 5, 1974, in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) former singer Swedish metal band Arch enemy. She was the singer of Arch Enemy from November, 2000 to March 17, 2014, followed by Alissa White-Gluz.
UoleviH  3/5/2015
The name Angela is so beautiful, pretty and sweet! I ♥ this name & I love how it's meaning derives from angel. This is such an amazing name. :)
― Anonymous User  3/26/2015
The main character from the Sleepaway Camp movies is Angela Baker.
Whipsmart  3/26/2016
This is the name of the talking cat who loves singing, Talking Angela.
lilolaf  4/12/2016
Angela "Angie" is a character who Ash and friends meet at prof Rowan's Training camp in Pokemon (Sinnoh Reigon).
JemimaP1  6/15/2016
Angela Martini is an Albanian model and beauty pageant titleholder. She won Miss Universe Albania in 2010.
cutenose  6/16/2016
Angela Carter (1940-1992), British writer known for her lush prose, magical realism, and feminist re-telling of fairytales.
flaneuse  12/6/2016
This name drives me crazy. It's overused and I think the ending is annoying and ugly. I prefer Angel. I also hate the nickname Angie!
― Anonymous User  1/2/2017
Angela Isadora Duncan was an American dancer who performed to acclaim throughout Europe. Born in California, she lived in Western Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 49 or 50, when her scarf became entangled in the wheels and axle of the car in which she was riding.
cutenose  1/28/2017
Angela White is an Australian pornographic actress and director. Having started her career in the adult industry in 2003, she obtained a university degree in 2010 and ran for political office that same year. White identifies as bisexual.
cutenose  3/4/2017
Angela Sun is an American journalist, television presenter, sportscaster, and documentary filmmaker. Born and raised in Northern California, Sun is an alumna of UCLA, where she earned degrees in Sociology and Communications. In high school and college, Sun competed in pro-am surf events and was a team rider for Loaded Boards. She was sponsored by Roxy, Reef, Oakley, Billabong, Rip Curl, and Vans.
cutenose  5/26/2017
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Angela are female.
Also Czech, Danish, Finnish, Flemish, Norwegian and Swedish.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2017
I prefer the name Angelica.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2017
Angela Margaret Cartwright is an English-born American actress primarily known for her roles in movies and television. Cartwright is best known as a child actress for her role as Brigitta Von Trapp in the Academy Award winning film The Sound of Music. On television, she played Linda Williams, the stepdaughter of Danny Williams in the 1950s TV series The Danny Thomas Show, and Penny Robinson, in the 1960s television series Lost in Space. Her older sister is actress Veronica Cartwright.
cutenose  7/1/2017
Angela Renée White, professionally known as Blac Chyna, is an American model and entrepreneur. She is often referred to as a "video vixen" due to her frequent appearances in hip hop music videos. In 2014, she launched her own make-up brand Lashed by Blac Chyna, with a beauty salon in Encino, Los Angeles.
cutenose  7/1/2017
This name sounds really ugly. All I hear is Mangela.
― Anonymous User  7/13/2017
Sounds kind of spongy to me.
Hushpuppy  7/19/2017
Angela Yvonne Davis (b. 1944) is an American political activist, academic and author. She was the leader of the Communist Party USA in the 60s and was involved with the Civil Rights movement.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2017
It's a very good name... until you hear the name Angelica. Angela is very good, but I prefer Angelica. I would suggest both names. Angelica more than Angela.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2017
Angela Gossow! Former lead of Arch Enemy!
thezenithofnadir  12/12/2017

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