Gender Masculine
Scripts გაბრიელ(Georgian) גַּבְרִיאֵל(Ancient Hebrew) Γαβριήλ(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. GA-BREE-YEHL(French)
ga-BRYEHL(Spanish)
ga-bree-EHL(European Portuguese, Romanian)
ga-bree-EW(Brazilian Portuguese)
GA-bree-ehl(German, Slovak, Latin)
GAH-bri-ehl(Swedish)
GAHB-ree-ehl(Finnish)
gə-bree-EHL(Catalan)
GAY-bree-əl(English)
GAB-ryehl(Polish)
GA-bri-yehl(Czech)
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Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man", derived from גֶּבֶר (gever) meaning "strong man, hero" and אֵל ('el) meaning "God". Gabriel is an archangel in Hebrew tradition, often appearing as a messenger of God. In the Old Testament he is sent to interpret the visions of the prophet Daniel, while in the New Testament he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Quran to Muhammad.

This name has been used occasionally in England since the 12th century. It was not common in the English-speaking world until the end of the 20th century.

Related Names

VariantsKaapo, Kaapro(Finnish) Gavril(Romanian)
DiminutivesBiel(Catalan) Gabby, Gabe(English) Gabi(Romanian)
Feminine FormsGabrielle(French) Gabriela(Spanish) Gabriela(Portuguese) Gabriela, Gabriele, Gabi(German) Gabriella(Swedish) Gabriella, Bree, Bria, Briella(English) Gabriela, Gavrila, Gabi(Romanian) Gabriela(Polish) Gabriela(Czech) Gabriela(Slovak)
Other Languages & CulturesJabril, Jibril(Arabic) Gavri'el(Biblical Hebrew) Gavrail, Gavril(Bulgarian) Dzhabrail(Chechen) Gabrijel(Croatian) Gabriël(Dutch) Gavriil(Greek) Gavriel(Hebrew) Gábor, Gábriel, Gabi(Hungarian) Gabriele(Italian) Gabriels(Latvian) Gabrielius(Lithuanian) Gavril(Macedonian) Gavriil(Russian) Gavrilo(Serbian) Gabrijel(Slovene) Cebrail(Turkish) Havryil(Ukrainian) Gavrel(Yiddish)
Surname DescendantsGabriels, Gabrielson(English)
Same SpellingGábriel, Gabriël
User SubmissionsGabríel, Gabriél, Gabrièl

People think this name is

classic   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Czechia: March 24
Denmark: March 26
Finland: March 24
France: September 29
Germany: September 29
Norway: March 26
Poland: February 10
Poland: February 27
Poland: March 24
Slovakia: March 24
Spain: February 27
Spain: September 29
Sweden: March 24

Images

Icon depicting the Annunciation, with Archangel Gabriel on the leftIcon depicting the Annunciation, with Archangel Gabriel on the left

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Entry updated November 20, 2020