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Quick Facts on Gabriel

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 24
Simple meaning:
Man of God

Characteristics of Gabriel

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gabriel

Gabriel is a name borne from the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) as well as in the Christian New Testament. He is considered one of the seven archangels of God and, apropos, the name comes from the Hebrew “Gabhri’el” (גַבְרִיאֵל) meaning, quite literally, “man of God” from the elements “gebher” (man) and “El” (God). Also related to the Hebrew verb “gabhar” meaning “was strong”, so Gabriel is often translated to mean “strong man of God” or “God is my strength”. He first appears in the Old Testament in Daniel 8:16 when he helps Daniel interpret his visions. However, Gabriel’s key importance comes in the New Testament (the Gospel according to Luke) when he appears before Zechariah to announce the coming of John the Baptist, and to Mary to proclaim the coming of Jesus. According to Islamic tradition, Gabriel was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad. In other words, he was one busy little dude! Although Gabriel appeared from time to time among English speakers in the Middle Ages, the name didn’t really come into full fruition until the latter half of the 20th century. Right now, Gabriel is an international darling. It’s a Top 10 choice in France (where it’s pronounced ga-bree-EL) and a Top 20 in Belgium. It’s a Top 25 in the United States, Chile and Croatia. And you’ll also find him high on the charts of Austria, Canada, Spain, Poland, Norway, Sweden Catalonia, England and Australia. Clearly a universal favorite.

Popularity of the Name Gabriel

Gabriel enjoyed only mild-moderate usage in the first part of the 1900’s; however, since the 1940’s, the name has been gaining ground non-stop. Today, the name Gabriel is a favorite for boys. We’re sure its popularity has something to do with its Biblical significance, and it sure doesn’t hurt that Gabriel was an “angel” – what better symbol to bestow upon your child? Gabriel has a classical charm to it, as well as cosmopolitan-coolness, and the shortened version (Gabe) allows for a more masculine option. It’s hard to say if the name has seen its peak popularity, but it seems to be parking itself on the Top 25 list. Not too shabby.
Popularity of the Boy Name Gabriel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gabriel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gabriel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gabriel

    Archangel Gabriel (The Bible) Archangel Gabriel is a major dude in the Bible, being one of the elite club of the Messengers of God. He makes several appearances in the Old Testament, but his shining hour is when he announces to the Virgin Mary that she will have a child, Jesus, while not knowing man. Earlier he had performed the same service for Mary’s cousin, Anne, announcing to her in her advanced age that she would bear a son, John the Baptist. This has naturally led to his being named the patron saint of messengers and of those who work in the media. Gabriel is often also depicted as carrying a trumpet, being always at the ready to call for the End of Days, and only too happy to do so. So far, God has not given the order.

    Gabriel Oak (Far From the Madding Crowd) Gabriel Oak is a character in Thomas Hardy's novel, "Far from the Madding Crowd" (1874). He is the first suitor to the very beautiful and vain Bathsheba. As the novel's hero, Gabriel is an honest, humble farmer. He loves Bathsheba unselfishly; although she rejects his offer of marriage, he remains her loyal friend and right-hand man through many difficulties. He occupies the position of quiet observer throughout most of the book, yet he knows just when to step in to save Bathsheba and others from catastrophe. In the end, he gets the girl.

  • Popular Songs on Gabriel

    Popular Songs on Gabriel

    Gabriel and Me - a song by Joan Baez

    Gabriel's Mother's Highway Ballad - a song by Arlo Guthrie

    Gabriel's Oboe - instrumental by YoYoMa

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gabriel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gabriel

    Liberation of Gabriel King (K. Going) - Gabriel King is afraid of everything: spiders, the rope swing over the lake, and most of all, going to fifth grade. Frita Wilson, his best friend, decides Gabriel needs some liberating from his fears, so they make a list and a plan to tackle each one. But one of the reasons Frita is so determined to help Gabe is that she needs his help too. The book reaches out to a younger audience in this poignant story of unlikely friends and the summer they learn that facing down your fears is easier with someone by your side. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Monica Brown) - Can you imagine a shipwrecked sailor living on air and seaweed for eight days? Can you imagine a trail of yellow butterflies fluttering their wings to songs of love? Once, there was a little boy named Gabito who could. Gabriel Garcia Marquez is perhaps one of the most brilliant writers of our time. He is a tremendous figure, enormously talented, and unabashedly admired. This is his story, lovingly told, for children to enjoy. Using the imagery from his novels, Monica Brown traces the novelist's life in this creative nonfiction picture book from his childhood in Colombia to today. This is an inspiring story about an inspiring life, full of imagination and beauty. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe (Dan Poblocki) - Has Gabriel created a monster? Something sinister lurks in the woods outside of Slade. Gabe has seen it, or he thinks he has - a shadow standing at the tree line, watching Gabe's house with faintly glowing eyes. Despite Gabe's misgivings, his new friend, Seth, relishes the creepy atmosphere of the forest. It's the perfect setting for his imaginary struggle against the Hunter, a deformed child-eating creature said to leave the bones of his victims in his wake. It's just a game, but it's all a bit much for Gabe, who quickly loses interest as summer ends and the days grow shorter. But then strange things start to happen. Frightening things. And Gabe knows it has to do with the dark figure watching him from the edge of the woods. Is Seth out to teach Gabe a lesson? Or is the Hunter more than just a myth? Gabe isn't sure which option is more horrifying, but he's determined to learn the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    This is Gabriel: Making Sense of School (Hartley Steiner) - This is Gabriel Making Sense of School provides a look into the challenges children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) face in the classroom. This easy to read and beautifully illustrated picture book gives teachers, parents and students a better understanding of all seven senses, how they are each affected at school and what kinds of accommodations are necessary to help children with SPD become learning sensations! Recommended for ages 7-12.

  • Famous People Named Gabriel

    Famous People Named Gabriel

    Famous People Named Gabriel - Gabriel García Márquez (Nobel Prize winner/literature); Gabriel Byrne (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gabriel

    Children of Famous People Named Gabriel

    Famous People who Named their Son Gabriel - Amy Irving (acress); Daniel Day-Lewis (actor); Edie Brickell (musician); Geraldo Rivera (journalist); Isabelle Adjani (actress); Jason Alexander (actor); Joan Baez (musician); Mick Jagger (musician); Paul Simon (musician); Rosemary Clooney (entertainer)

  • Historic Figures

    Gabriel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez (6 Mar 1927 – Present) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Columbian journalist, film critic, novelist and screenwriter who won the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known novels, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) have cemented his reputation as one of the foremost writers of the last century. Gabriel was raised by his grandparents in his formative years and credits them with a major influence on his literature. His grandfather was a liberal revolutionary, who bestowed his sense of social justice on his grandson; his grandmother was a devoted religious woman who accepted the supernatural as natural, and led him to his unique style of “magical realism”. Because of his derogatory remarks about United States imperialism, his friendship with Fidel Castro and his many other outré liberal viewpoints, Mr. Marquez was denied entry to the states for many years. This was rescinded during Bill Clinton’s presidency, who declared One Hundred Years of Solitude to be his favorite novel. Now in his eighties, “Gabo” continues to work on his memoirs.

    Saint Gabriel Lalemant (3 Oct 1610 – 17 Mar 1649) - Saint Gabriel Lalemant was born in Paris and joined the Jesuit Order as a young man, with the intention of devoting his life to being a foreign missionary. In his case, the foreign mission turned out to be Canada, specifically Quebec, where he joined other Jesuits at various outposts among the Huron and Iroquois. The recipients of this conversion did not take kindly to the donors; Gabriel Lalemant was kidnapped, cruelly tortured, and burned to death. For his pains he was canonized by Pope Pius XI in 1930. He is among the pantheon known as the eight Canadian Martyrs.

    Saint Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows (1 Mar 1838 - 27 Feb 1862) - Francesco Possenti was born in Assisi, Italy and joined the Passionist Congregation, a monastery devoted to reverence of the Passion of Christ (during which time he took the name Gabriel). A member of a privileged family, the young saint-to-be did not demonstrate any particular holiness, but a severe illness led him to promise his future to God in exchange for health. He just may not have specified how long the health should last, for only six years after entering the novitiate and before taking his final vows, Gabriel succumbed to tuberculosis at the age of twenty-four. Pope Benedict XV declared him a saint in 1920.

Personality of the Boy Name Gabriel

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gabriel

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