Meaning and Origin of: Gabriel

Gabriel is of Hebrew origin and means "God is my strength."
Meaning and Origin of Gabriel

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : God is my strength

What does Gabriel mean and stand for?

The name Gabriel is of Hebrew origin and means "God is my strength." Gabriel was derived from the Hebrew name Gavri’el, taken from the elements gever, meaning “strong,” and ’el, in reference to God.

Syllables: 3

Family name origins & meanings

  • English, Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish : from the Hebrew personal name Gavriel ‘God has given me strength’. This was borne by an archangel in the Bible (Daniel 8:16 and 9:21), who in the New Testament announced the impending birth of Jesus to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26–38). It has been a comparatively popular personal name in all parts of Europe, among both Christians and Jews, during the Middle Ages and since. Compare Michael and Raphael.

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According to Social Security Administration data, Gabriel has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 50 since 2000, and in the top 30 between 2005 and 2016.

However, it is the 18th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Gabriel was at its peak popularity in August 2016.

Gabriel is a quite popular religious name, appearing in Christian, Muslim, and Jewish texts. Gabriel also is an archangel who heralded the news of Jesus' birth in Abrahamic religions. Gabriel is the patron saint of broadcasters and diplomats, as well as the presider over Paradise. He serves as the angel of mercy, life, joy, judgment, truth, and dreams. Gabriel also governs the Mondays and the month of January, making it one of the most popular names for babies born in January. The list of celebrities with sons named Gabriel is long and includes Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Daniel Day-Lewis and Isabelle Adjani, Jason Alexander, Meredith Vieira, and Mia Farrow.

Where is it Popular?

Gabriel was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Gabriel

  • Gabe
  • Gabo

Pairs well with these middle names