Quick Facts on Angelique
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awn-zhay-LEEK (French); AHN-ja-leek (English)
Characteristics of Angelique
Etymology & Historical Origin - Angelique
Angélique is the French form of 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 a beautiful, feisty princess named Angelica (see literary references on the Angelica page for more information). These literary works helped to bolster the popularity of Angelica in France where it was rendered in the French language as Angélique. Ironically, the name is no longer ranked in France itself, but Angelique is showing remarkable success in the United States today. English speakers leave behind the accent over the first “e” and also tend to pronounce the name “AHN-ja-leek” rather than the French “awn-zhay-LEEK”.
Popularity of the Name Angelique
Angelique first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1961 and then quickly soared in popularity between 1967 and 1970. While the name was still only used in moderation, the reason for Angelique’s sudden popularity was owed to a popular television character named Angelique Bouchard Collins on the gothic-horror soap-opera nighttime series called “Dark Shadows” (1966-1971). After the initial frenzy wore off over this fictional character, the name started to decline in popularity. Then usage of Angelique picked up again between 1991 and 1992 after a revival “Dark Shadows” TV show aired and after a character named Angelique was featured prominently in the 1992 storyline of soap-opera “All my Children”. What is up with Angelique’s connection to soap-operas? It’s the perfect soap-opera name when you think about it. As a French name, Angelique is full of sophistication, romance and mystery. Angelique has mystique. The name is experiencing her third spike in popularity right now, and we’re not sure exactly why. African-Americans may be embracing the name in homage to a highly respected Beninese Grammy Award winning musician Angélique Kidjo who Time Magazine has called “Africa’s premier diva”. Tennis fans may be responding to German player Angelique Kerber’s name. And Hispanic Americans may be drawn to Mexican-French actress Angelique Boyer. Whatever the reason for Angelique’s sudden jumps up the charts, we welcome her back with open arms. There are quite a few “Angel” name choices and they all sound so beautiful and charming. But there’s something about the French that gives Angelique that certain cosmopolitan flair.
Popularity of the Girl Name Angelique
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Angelique
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Angelique
Angelique We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Angelique.
Popular Songs on Angelique
Angélique - a song by Theatre of Tragedy
Angelique - André van Duin
Angelique - a song by Kenny Loggins
Angelique - a song by Dario Campeotto
Angelique - a song by Badfinger
Angelique - a song by Mike Oldfield
Children's Books on the Baby Name Angelique
Angelique's View from the Top of the Tree (Kendahl Brooke) - Angelique is a pretty little angel who is carefully stored in a special box and taken out each holiday season to grace the top of the Christmas tree. Join Angelique as the family decorates their home and carefully places her at the top of the tree. This year will hold a special surprise for Angelique. A lovely little story of family, and a little tree-top angel, who warmly tells of the age-old legacy of sharing during Christmas Holidays--and preparing for Santa. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Angelique
Famous People Named Angelique - Angelique Kerber (German tennis player); Angelique Boyer (Mexican actress); Angélique Kidjo (singer-songwriter and activist)
Children of Famous People Named Angelique
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Angelique - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Angelique.
Angelique - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Angelique - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Angelique.
Personality of the Girl Name Angelique
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Angelique