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Quick Facts on Angelica

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Italian, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 413
ahn-JE-lee-kah; OR an-JEL-i-kə
Simple meaning:
Angelic, Messenger

Characteristics of Angelica

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Angelica

Angelica is derived from Latin adjective “angelicus” meaning ‘angelic’. All of the “Angel” names ultimately originated from the Greek αγγελος (“angelos”) meaning ‘messenger’. The Greek “angelos” acquired its full meaning – messenger of God – from the Bible (i.e., an angel). During the Renaissance period, two great Italian heroic and romantic epics, Matteo Boiardo’s Orlando innamorato (1495) and Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando furioso (1516) were published. Both poems featured prominently a beautiful, feisty princess named Angelica (see literary references below). Angelica joins a long line of women who have come to represent unrequited love in literature (other examples: Juliet, Evangeline, Laura and Leila/Layla). The beautiful Angelica remains a popular female name in Italy today.

Popularity of the Name Angelica

Angelica first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1959. The name grew in popularity over the next several decades but was most popular during the 1990s (during which time Angelica became a Top 100 favorite girl’s name a couple of years). Since the turn of the 21st century however Angelica has experienced backwards momentum on the charts. Today, the name enjoys mild to moderate usage making it more of an underused and original choice. Of all the “Angel” names, Angelina and Angela are the most popular, followed by Angel and then Angelica. Bringing up the rear are Angie, Angelique and Angeline. We have to say, Angelica is probably our favorite thanks to the lovely literary reference. But whichever is YOUR favorite, we have to agree that all of these ‘angelic’ names are among the most beautiful choices for your baby angel. They all have such a lovely sing-song quality that almost hypnotically draws you to them.
Popularity of the Girl Name Angelica
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Angelica

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Angelica

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Angelica

    Angelica (in Orlando Innamorato) Angelica is the object of desire for love-smitten Orlando in Matteo Maria Boiardo’s “Orlando Inamorato” first published in 1495. In case you’re wondering "innamorato” means ‘in love’ in Italian which is exactly Orlando’s problem (in fact, Angelica ends up driving him mad but you’ll have to wait for Orlando furioso for that part of the story). In his epic poem, Boiardo breathed new life into ideals of chivalry by borrowing from both Arthurian legend as well as early medieval Frankish (French) traditions (Orlando is the Italian form of Roland, i.e., from “The Song of Roland”). The action centers on the 8th century, at the time of Charlemagne (King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans). Angelica is the beautiful pagan princess, daughter of the King of Cathay (referring to present day India/China). She comes to Charlemagne’s court offering herself as a prize to whoever can defeat her brother. Her brother is eventually killed but Angelica wastes no time hightailing it out of there. Hot on her trail are Charlemagne’s chief warriors, Orlando and Rinaldo (both smitten with her). Enter medieval magical love potion (every legend has to have one of those!). Angelica drinks from the Stream of Love, causing her to fall head-over-heels for Rinaldo. Just to jazz up the story some, Rinaldo drinks from the Fountain of Hate and develops a deep revulsion for Angelica. So while Angelica is chasing Rinaldo, Orlando is chasing Angelica. Enter love potion #2. Angelica and Rinaldo end up drinking from opposite fountains, and then Rinaldo and Orlando duel for her. In the meantime, France is besieged and Charlemagne takes Angelica into custody, offering her to the one who fights most valiantly against the infidels. The poem is never finished. Italy herself was amidst a war, and Boiardo’s final two lines are: “Mentre ch'io canto, Iddio Redentore / vedo l'Italia tutta a fiamma e foco.” (Translation: “While I sing, God the Redeemer / I see all Italy in flame and fire.” If you’re on the edge of your seat, don’t worry – the Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto will pick up where Boiardo left off a couple decades later (see below).

    Angelica (Orlando furioso) Orlando furioso is an epic poem written by the Italian Ludovico Ariosto (1516) and basically translates to “Mad Orlando” (mad meaning crazy-mad about Angelica). It is a continuation of Boiardo’s unfinished work Orlando Immamorato (Orlando in Love). In “furioso”, the action picks up during the war taking place with Charlemagne and his Christian warriors against the Saracens (basically Arab Muslims) attempting to invade Europe. Ariosto’s poem is a lot more fantastical than his predecessor's, but the story’s central focus is still on Christian Orlando’s unrequited love for the pagan princess Angelica. This is one of the most “epic” (i.e., long) poems in European literature, so we’ll have to water it down some and get to the good stuff. The poem begins with Angelica escaping from the custody of Charlemagne and Orlando is quickly in pursuit (neglecting his duty to Charlemagne). Orlando and Angelica meet, have some adventures of their own, and then Angelica tends to a wounded Arab knight, falls in love and elopes with him back to the Far East. When Orlando learns of this latest development, he is in a frenzy of despair and runs amok throughout Europe and Africa. His good sense is finally restored when a fellow knight finds Orlando’s “sanity” on the moon (yes, a little sci-fi action for you), bottles it up and brings it back to Orlando. Orlando goes on to kill the King of the Saracen Army and redeems his heroic warrior status. Nevertheless, Angelica certainly gave him a run for his money!

  • Popular Songs on Angelica

    Popular Songs on Angelica

    Angelica - a song by Anathema

    Angelica - a song by Duke Ellington

    Angelica - a song by Lamb

    Angelica - a song by OV7

    Angelica - a song by Steel Train

    Angelica - a song by The Church

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Angelica

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Angelica

    Angelica Sprocket's Pockets (Quentin Blake) - Angelica Sprocket lives next door. Her overcoat has pockets galore! And you'll never guess what's in them. Prepare to be surprised, thrilled and tickled pink by Angelica Sprocket's never-ending pockets, and the marvelous things she keeps in them. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Angelica The Grape (Krulik Nancy) - Angelica is annoyed. Once again the babies won't play her game. So, armed with some newfound "powers," she shows them who's boss by making it rain, making car lights flash, and even making the sun stay out longer! Angelica truly is the "grape-est!" Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Angelica, Princess of Altania (C.K. Dell) - Angelica, a princess in the small country of Altania, has been told she is to marry the prince of a neighboring country. She has no desire to marry this unknown prince and tries many things in which to avoid the upcoming marriage. However, an unexpected occurrence on the journey to meet the prince causes her to wonder if she will marry anyone or indeed come out alive. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages unknown.

    My Angelica (Carol Lynch Williams) - Fifteen-vear-old Sage Olivar is writing a Romance novel-with a capital "R." The book's heroine, Angelica, is Sage's ideal woman - sensitive, strong, and sexy. There is only one small problem with Sage's novel-it's absolutely dreadful! Enter George, Sage's would-be boyfriend and unwilling reader of Angelica stories. When she decides to enter her masterpiece in the school writing contest, George is frantic. How can he save Sage from public humiliation? Told in chapters alternating Sage's and George's point of view, this hilarious story is also a nuanced portrait of teenagers trying to make sense of their feelings and relationships. Recommended for ages 10-15.

    My Name Is Not Angelica (Scott O'Dell) - In this historical novel set in the Virgin Islands of 1733, Raisha escapes from her Dutch "owners" in time to witness the mass suicide of her fellow slaves, who prefer death to recapture. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Surprise Angelica! (Becky Gold) - From the Rugrat series. Angelica tries to scare Chuckie and the other Rugrats, so that she can be the first to see Susie's gerbils. Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Thank You, Angelica: The Rugrats Book of Manners (Cecile Schoberle) - When Angelica decides to teach the babies etiquette in her own special way, she learns a thing or two about manners herself! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The King and the Green Angelica: Stories and Poems from Old Norse and Anglo-Saxon Times (Isabel Wyat - Children will love the epic tales of Norse heroes in this collection of stories. Many of the tales were compiled by Saxo Grammaticus and other Scandinavian writers, and they perfectly complement the more well-known stories of Norse Gods. The illustrations are based on Old Norse motifs, drawings and carvings, and bring the atmosphere of the stories and poems dramatically to life. The stories are suitable for children aged from about seven to twelve. Recommended for ages 7-12.

  • Famous People Named Angelica

    Famous People Named Angelica

    Famous People Named Angelica - Angelica Huston (actress); Angelica Catalani (Italian opera singer); Angelica Kauffman (Swiss artist); Angelica Singleton Van Buren (stand-in First Lady and daughter-in-law of Martin Van Buren, U.S. President); Mother Angelica (religious figure); Angelica Torn Page (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Angelica

    Children of Famous People Named Angelica

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Angelica - Geoffrey Rush (actor); Geraldine Page (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Angelica - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Angelica

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Angelica

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