Girl Baby Name

Angela

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Quick Facts on Angela

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 196
Pronunciation:
AN-jәl-ә or AHN-he-lah
Simple meaning:
Angel, messenger of God

Characteristics of Angela

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Angela

The name Angela is derived from Church Latin as the feminine version of the boy’s name Angelus (meaning ‘angel’). The classical Greek word “angelos” means ‘messenger’ but it has acquired its full meaning (messenger of God, specifically) from the Bible (i.e., an angel). The name took off in Great Britain and the United Sates in the 18th century onwards, but Angela has been in use throughout Europe. As such, the name does not feel distinctly Italian, Spanish, Greek or English. It’s a rare example of a universal crossover name through its widespread adoption in many languages, cultures and geographies. Angela is currently a Top 30 name in Spain (based off 2009 data) while Angeliki is a Top 10 choice in Greece.

Popularity of the Name Angela

The name Angela enjoyed moderate usage at the turn of the 20th century more than 100 years ago. As the decades progressed into the mid-1900s, the name gained slow and steady usage. Angela finally achieved a spot on the Top 100 list of most favored girls’ names in 1956 and by the mid-1960s, Angela is a Top 10 choice. The height of the name’s popularity came between 1974 and 1977; in those four years, Angela was the #5 most used girl’s name in America. The name has slipped in popularity in the past 30 years and 2003 marked the first time in nearly 50 years when Angela did not maintain a Top 100 spot. The name is not as popular as the more elaborate Angelina which just surpassed Angela in usage in 2002.
Popularity of the Girl Name Angela
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Angela

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Angela

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Angela

    Angela McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) Angela is the title character of Frank McCourt’s 1996 memoir, Angela’s Ashes, a fierce Irish mother whose determination in the face of overwhelming poverty and oppression allows her (living) children to make a better life for themselves. Married to a criminally negligent unemployable alcoholic, bearing seven children, three of whom die in childhood, existing at sub-poverty levels on the streets of Limerick, and enduring the condescending charity of the Catholic Church, it is a wonder that this woman made it past her forties. That she did, and did so with gumption and even with humor, is a testament to the celestial quality of her name – she is, indeed, “angelic”.

  • Popular Songs on Angela

    Popular Songs on Angela

    Angela - a song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

    Angela - a song by Missy Higgins

    Angela - a song by Mötley Crüe

    Angela - a Spanish song by Saïan Supa Crew

    Angela - a song by The Bee Gees

    Angela - a song by Toto

    Angie - a song by The Rolling Stones

    Angie - a song by Tori Amos

    Angie Baby - a song by Helen Reddy

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Angela

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Angela

    Angela and Diabola (Lynne Reid Banks) - From the moment they are born, twin sisters Angela and Diabola are almost enough to drive their normal parents to insanity. Angela is perfect twin and Diabola is perfectly horrible. Can good triumph over evil? Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Angela and the Baby Jesus: Children's Edition (Frank McCourt) - "When my mother, Angela, was six years old, she felt sorry for the Baby Jesus in the Christmas crib...." Frank McCourt's first Christmas book is by turns tender and heartwarming, and wholly unforgettable. Angela is six years old and worries for the Baby Jesus on the altar of St. Joseph's Church near School House Lane in Limerick, Ireland, where she lives. December nights are damp and cold, and the church is dark. The Baby Jesus' mother doesn't even have a blanket to cover him. The Baby is sure to need Angela's help, even if she is not allowed to step near the altar, especially by herself. Filled with the character and incident that have made Pulitzer Prize recipient Frank McCourt internationally renowned and beloved, Angela and the Baby Jesus is a timeless story of family--and all of its joy, tradition, love, and incongruity--and a book for the generations to cherish. Recommended for all ages.

    Angela's Airplane (Robert N. Munsch) - While looking for her lost father at the airport, five-year-old Angela ends up in the front of the plane. She decides to push just one button, and then another ... and another…Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Angela's Ashes (Frank McCourt) - Frank McCourt's haunting memoir takes on new life when the author reads from his Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Recounting scenes from his childhood in New York City and Limerick, Ireland, McCourt paints a brutal yet poignant picture of his early days when there was rarely enough food on the table, and boots and coats were a luxury. In a melodic Irish voice that often lends a gentle humor to the unimaginable, the author remembers his wayward yet adoring father who was forever drinking what little money the family had. He recounts the painful loss of his siblings to avoidable sickness and hunger, a proud mother reduced to begging for charity, and the stench of the sewage-strewn streets that ran outside the front door. As McCourt approaches adolescence, he discovers the shame of poverty and the beauty of Shakespeare, the mystery of sex and the unforgiving power of the Irish Catholic Church. This powerful and heart-rending testament to the resiliency and determination of youth is populated with memorable characters and moments, and McCourt's interpretation of the narrative and the voices it contains will leave listeners laughing through their tears. Recommended for ages young adult.

  • Famous People Named Angela

    Famous People Named Angela

    Famous People Named Angela - Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany); Angela Alioto (politician); Angela Bassett (actress); Angela Davis (activist); Angela Gheorghiu (opera diva); Ángela Gurría (Mexican sculptor); Angela Kinsey (actress); Angela Lansbury (actress); Angela Lanza (singer); Angela Lindvall (supermodel); Angela Merici (Catholic saint); Ángela Molina (Spanish actress); Angela Via (singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Angela

    Children of Famous People Named Angela

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Angela - Keith Richards (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Angela - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Angela - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Angela.

Personality of the Girl Name Angela

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Angela

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