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Quick Facts on Gabrielle

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 141
Simple meaning:
Woman of God, power of God

Characteristics of Gabrielle

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the French feminine form of the male name Gabriel, a Biblical name from the Hebrew word meaning “man of God.” Gabriel was one of the archangels who served as a messenger of God. 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. The female French version, Gabrielle, has been in use for centuries but became popularized in the United States in the latter half of the 20th century (perhaps due to the influence of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel).

Popularity of the Name Gabrielle

Americans don’t start using the name Gabrielle until 1957, but the name has a slow and patient ascent to the top of the charts, landing onto the Top 100 list in 1990. The name reached the height of its popularity in the late 1990’s and has since dropped a few notches. The Italian version (Gabriella) is currently more popular than the French Gabrielle in America. It really comes down to a difference in preference between a four-syllable and a three-syllable name. Plus, some parents prefer the “-ella” suffix to the “-elle” believing it to sound more feminine. However, Gabrielle has a certain French-flair that gives it some added sophistication.
Popularity of the Girl Name Gabrielle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gabrielle

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gabrielle

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gabrielle

    Gabrielle Van Der Mal (Sister Luke) Gabrielle is more commonly known as “Sister Luke”, the troubled, struggling nun in Kathryn Hulme’s 1956 novel The Nun’s Story, based upon the true story of a friend of Hulme. It was also a very popular movie adaptation in 1959, earning its star, Audrey Hepburn, an Academy Award nomination. As a young Belgian woman, Gabrielle becomes a nun in the order of The Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary in 1927, and is sent on a missionary tour of nursing in the Belgian Congo. Her faith is sorely tested, not only by the constrictions of the convent rule, but also by her growing partisanship on behalf of Belgium during the war. Ultimately, she leaves the convent, but not the Church, in a gripping denouement.

  • Popular Songs on Gabrielle

    Popular Songs on Gabrielle

    Gabrielle - a song by Shades Apart

    Gabrielle - a song by The Boys

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Gabrielle

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Gabrielle

    Gabrielle (Lucy Kevin) - In a modern day spin on the famous story "Gigi" (originally told by Colette), Gabrielle LeGrande knew her grandmother was a famous courtesan in France, many decades ago. But Gabrielle never thought that legacy had anything to do with her or her destiny...until the day her grandmother tells her about the curse that goes live on her 18th birthday...a curse that has affected the women in her family - and the choices they must make - for hundreds of years. In Lucy Kevin's latest novel for teens & adults, Gabrielle, a 17 year old songwriting student at a high school for the arts, suddenly finds herself caught between a good boy, a bad boy...and an ancient curse. Recommended for ages 15+

    The Purple Coat (Amy Hest) - Gabrielle desperately wants a purple coat rather than the navy blue one that her mother wants for her. They travel to her Grandfather's tailor shop for Gabby to be fitted for a coat and her Grandfather comes up with a great compromise. He creates a reversible navy and purple coat to please them both. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Gabrielle

    Famous People Named Gabrielle

    Famous People Named Gabrielle - Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel (designer); Gabrielle Reece (model/volleyball player); Gabrielle (British singer); Gabrielle Union (actress); Gabrielle Anwar (actress); Gabrielle Giffords (politician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Gabrielle

    Children of Famous People Named Gabrielle

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Gabrielle - Debby Boone (singer); Hunter Tylo (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Gabrielle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (19 Aug 1883 - 10 Jan 1971) - Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle in Saumus, France) is one of the most influential fashion designers who ever lived. Famous for her rendition of the “little black dress” in the 1920's and stylish suits worn famously by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s, Coco revolutionized the fashion world for women. As she once said: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” She knew how to dress a woman for style, class, simplicity and comfort. Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Given her coquettish beauty, she attracted a couple wealthy men who were instrumental in getting her millinery business off the ground in Paris (she started by selling hats). It was quite by happenstance that she entered the apparel designing world when people began asking her about the dresses she herself was wearing. In the 1920’s, Coco created her first perfume (Chanel No. 5) which she called the ultimate accessory: “that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” Never married, she had many romances throughout her life with many powerful and wealthy men. She once explained her nickname, Coco (which she received in the twenties): “a shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman.’” Her legacy remains in her timeless and beautiful fashions still influencing designers of today.

Personality of the Girl Name Gabrielle

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gabrielle

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