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What does the name Gabriel mean?

The meaning of the name “Gabriel” is: “Hero of God; God is my strength”.

Additional information: Gabriel is a masculine given name that is used also as a feminine one, and is derived from the Hebrew name meaning ‘God is my strength’. Gabriel was the name of one of the seven archangels, and he appears in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim texts, meaning the name ‘Gabriel’ has spread all over the world in one form or another. In the Old and New Testament, the angel Gabriel makes several appearances; he is the angel who informs Mary that she will give birth to Jesus. According to Hebrew tradition, Gabriel is one of the seven archangels. In English, regularly used diminutives of Gabriel are Gabby and Gabe, with Biel being popular in Catalan. The most common feminine variant of Gabriel is Gabrielle and all of its associated diminutives (Gabby, Gabi, and Brielle, to name a few). Because of the name’s association with three major religions, there are a lot of foreign language variants of the name, including Jabril (Arabic), Gavriel (Greek), and Gabriele (Italian). Common misspellings of Gabriel are ‘Gabrial’, ‘Gaberiel’, and ‘Gabriell’.

Although the name has existed in written texts for thousands of years, it never saw any substantial popularity as a boys name until the late twentieth century, with a popularity spike during the nineties and early twenty-first century, climbing from being the hundredth most popular name in the USA for boys in 1990 to 44th in 2000. In 2014, the name Gabriel was the 24th most popular name for boys in the USA, and the name has consistently been in the top hundred names for boys in England and Wales since 2004. The name saw a brief interlude of use as a girls name in the USA during the nineties, but it never reached higher than 750th in name popularity rankings.

Gabriel is a popular name for monarchs and aristocrats, including Infante Gabriel of Spain, Prince Gabriel Constantinovich of Russia, and Prince Gabriel of Belgium. Other famous people named Gabriel are Gabriel García Márquez (novelist), Gabriel Byrne (actor), Gabriel Faure (composer), Gabriel Macht (actor), and Gabriel Thomson (actor). Famous fictional characters named Gabriel are Gabriel Stokes from The Walking Dead, Gabriel from the television series Supernatural, and Gabriel Gray from the television show Heroes.