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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Man of God

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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Gabriel in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Gabriel:

  • Records indicate that 283,759 boys in the United States have been named Gabriel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2008, when 12,848 people in the U.S. were given the name Gabriel. Those people are now 12 years old.

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  • "My son, Gabriel is six. He leapt in the womb when his father spoke his name, and that is how we chose it. Everyone compliments me on my son, which I feel I had little to do with. He is my angel, my Gabriel. We call him 'Riel' for short." Sep. 1, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "7 years ago my son was born and I gave him name Gabriel. I live in Sweden, in this country name Gabriel is still more and more popular, but never was in top 10. There is a tradition in Sweden, that we celebrate namedays, and my son was born on 27th February, Gabriel's nameday. I loved and still love name Gabriel, so I called him Gabriel and it was one of the best things I've ever decided in my life. Gabriel is manly, strong and in the same time cute name for boy. My Gabriel is angelic, so I think that archangel Gabriel cares for him. He even thanked me few times for this name, and said that he is proud because he's name is Gabriel. We pronounce it Ga-briel, but some people say Gabri-el. It isn't correct, but I don't mind, it's also fine." Jun. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my 10 month old Gabriel and he looks just like a Gabriel (Gabe) for short. It is a very masculine name and it fits him perfectly. I also agree that some adults do try to say his name wrong, as if they do not notice he has on all blue or etc. With basketballs, footballs, etc on it. My remedy for that is to say that adults name just as wrong" Oct. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My moms last name is Gabriel and she is adopted. It is her biological last name. She keeps in hopes her family will find her. It has always been pronounced correctly. We never had a problem. I married and took my husbands last name and no one can pronounce it right. I miss Gabriel." Jan. 7, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our male Great Pyrenees puppy Gabriel - because he is a guardian dog and an angel. He's going to be huge and strong and white and he'll protect my grandchildren just as a guardian angel should. We love the name." Aug. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know that the name Gabriel is a very strong name.And so is my grandson! Gabriel means the strength of God.Whom ever has the name of Gabriel should be so proud!" Jan. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Gabriel, he is 2 and often called Gabe. I am constantly told by people that they think it is a great name. It certainly suits him, tall, blond and boisterous but very, very loving." Oct. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my baby boy's name and I absolutely love it for him (very big and burly boy). I have never met anyone named Gabriel, but I wanted a classic name instead of a trendy one for my son (since I am not a fan of the trendy names). Most people like the name, however we did encounter one woman who said it was sacrilegious (since my husband is agnostic) and we should be ashamed of ourselves for naming someone after an angel. She named her son Brayden, so we think she was just jealous that we picked the better name :-)" Aug. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Gabriel Arthur. Its a beautiful name. He gets Gabe or Gabes for short. We get alot of compliments." Jul. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel and I simply love the name. He loves it too and thinks it is cool. It is a symbolic name and well respected among Christians, Jews and Muslims alike. People often do pronounce it and spell it wrong. I do not meet many people with the same name, which is quite a prvilege I think" Jul. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are naming our next son Gabriel Matthew(I see someone else here is using the same first/middle combo as well)I have ALWAYS loved the name Gabriel and we both come from religious families so they like it also. My husbands middle name is Matthew and this will be his first child so we wanted our son to have his middle name." May. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is my name i like this choosen of my name, it is a special holy name , Gabriel is the name of the messenger of allah to prophets, it is mentioned in the holly quran and muslims like this name, in arabs lands they named Gabriel for only male babies" May. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name. I've had it for the twenty years of my life so far, and I think I'll keep it for a while.... The Hebrew origin of Gabriel, means; "God's able-bodied one". I have been picked on through the years, but I am thankful for the name that was given to me." Apr. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "One of my twins is called Gabriel and his middle name is Scott (my maiden name). We adore his name and it suits him so well. We call him Baby Gabey right now as he is only 3 weeks old! His twin is called Miles and we love that too. Gabriel is great for life: cute for a baby, cool for a teen and strong and masculine for an adult. I just love it so much!" Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just had a new baby and after a long period of trying to come up with a good bilingual name...the name Gabriel just came to me. I love it." Feb. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Gabriel Lee and I just instantly fell in love with the name when my husband suggested it to be when I was pregnant. He is definatley a Gabriel..a unique, masculine tough boy sweetheart pretty much describes him. He is the love of my life and couldn't have a better name." Jan. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gabriel, I'm 17 and live in Canada, and the name is very popular in French. People usually call me plain Gab, English friends call me Gabe. Yes, I do have some problems with the pronunciation but itýs nothing compared to my last name (Gauvreau), it was pretty common to be called Gabriella as an insult or tease when I was younger." Nov. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is gabriel. every foreigner can pronounce it properly, but its funny how half the americans i meet(im an american too but my parents arent) cant even pronounce it. from receptionists to teachers, its almost pathetic. GA-BRI-EL. nothing special about it haha. i like it. i do get sick of being called gabe sometimes though. girls call me gabey or gabey baby, there are some perks" Nov. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son was born in 2006 and is Gabriel Thomas. We call him Gabey, Gabes and Gabe. It suits him so well. He was born in the USA but we now live in Germany and it's a classic name that works well in many cultures and languages. He is tall and big for his age (was almost 11 lbs at birth!) and it is a sweet but masculine name. He was born on the Feast of John the Baptist, June 24th and Gabriel announced John's conception." Nov. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Gabriel, I sometimes call him "Gabes", I love his name but get annoyed when receptionists at doctors/dentists awlays call out his name as Gabrielle!!" Oct. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Niece and her husband just today had their 3rd son and named Him Gabriel. Love it !!" Jul. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our oldest son is named Gabriel William. We love his name and thought it was a perfect fit. The nickname we use the most is Gabe." Jul. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Gabriel Dante... He loves his name and so do we. He often goes by Gabe which sounds nice too, everyone loves his name!" May. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Gabriel Francis Danger and he loves his name! He gets called Gabe by most people which I think is cool too. He hates it when people mistakenly call him Gabrielle - to which he gives them a telling off! Always amusing. He is nearly 5 now and says he has the best name." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Gabriel is the most perfect name for our son, je is boystrous and masculine ans we him and his name very very much x" May. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel Erik- he loves His name- when in school he was called Gab- I love it" May. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just found out our first baby is a boy. Gabriel was the second name Daddy suggested and everyone in the room immediately agreed! (How often does that happen!?) So that's what we're naming him... but what goes with Gabriel.. or more accurately, what doesn't :)? Any creative suggestions, maybe a short, hip name?" Apr. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel and I love it! He is an absolute angel, born Jan 2009 so it suits him perfectly" Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a 6year old named Gabriel Hunter. I think it is such a strong name and love the biblical meaning behind it. He told me a few weeks ago that he has the best name ever! The fact that he likes it so much is such a bonus :)" Feb. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel Jose. and I so love his name. Strong name. And my son loves it." Feb. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are naming our "son on the way" Gabriel Mitchell because of its strong religious meaning and its not so common...yet:)" Jan. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel Scott. He was named after my husband's sister, who is Gabriela and our dear friend Scott who passed away a few years ago." Jan. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel Matthew. His father's name is Michael Christian. We not only wanted to follow the tradition of a religious name, but I have always loved the name Gabriel. We call him Gabe, and he loves it." Jan. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Gabriel. My husband chose it and I love it. It is a beautiful and meaningful name. Very masculine. The nickname Gabe is fun and fits my kid perfectly!" Sep. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 2 year old son is named Gabriel John. We still call him "Gabey" on occasion... But most often Gabe. I love the name and it suits him. I think it will transition perfectly through the stages of cute boy, cool teenager, and distinguished adult." Sep. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The love of my life is a Gabriel. He is strong and perfectly protective :) Like the angel Gabriel. I love the strength of the "G" in the name when I use it :)" Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and i chose to name our son Kenneth Gabriel. I love the name and i am sure he will be called "Gabe" in the future. I like the name. However it seems that lately in our local town the name has gained much popularity and there were at least 12 babies in the last two months with Gabriel as their first name. I love the meaning "God's Strength."" Jun. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Gabriel is a great name. It means messenger of God and is unique. Gabe is also a cool nickname. Its easy to say and spell." Apr. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Gabriel (goes by Gabe) and we named our first son Zen Gabriel. It's a name I've always loved. His name wasn't chosen for religious reasons, but because they thought it was a beautiful sounding name." Apr. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "if i had a kid, i'd name him "gabriel". how gorgeous. the sound and feel of the name is perfect. "gabe" as a nickname is pretty adorable, too, i must say." Dec. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Gabriel and every 1 loves it, they say it fits him perfect, and it has a great meaning." Dec. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cute and I'm very religious.....So its a good choice." Dec. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it and if our first child is a boy, it's a very likely choice!" Dec. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hear often from people that it is a beautiful name." Nov. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my nameis special,nobody else that i know has my wonderful name..." Aug. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my first name. When I was a kid I hated it, but now I love it. I don't meet many people with my name. It's gets mispronounced and misspelled all the time. The most common is Gabrielle, and pronounced that way as well. Also, people who call me Gabe usually spell it Gab." Aug. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel and he loves it and I love it." Aug. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel Micheal and I love his name!" Jul. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name very much. It has a deep and profound meaning: "God Messenger". I work in global markets and travel extensively to different countries. I don't need to spell my name! Everybody knows how to write it! I try to honor my name as much as I can. It has also helped me read, study and teach about The Lord." Jun. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Called my little boy Gabriel, coming from a deeply religious catholic background (even though myself I'm not overly religious (I rebelled a bit!)),I just think its a beautiful name. Gabriel, does get the female version quite often at his daycare nursery where he goes, which is annoying, and I am a little concerned about the teasing he may experience at school, but once Gabriel reaches adulthood, I hope he apreciates it. I think its beautiful, and despite being a little devil at times, he is an angel, my angel." Jun. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my grandson Gabriel who was born this past March 1st.They kept mispronouncing it in the hospital, thinking he was a female.I just love the name, I know no one else with it, I wanted something unique as to where my name is too common as well as Gabriel's moms name is as well" Apr. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, its my name, i'm fairly indifferent towards it, but i know alot of people who have told me they think its a great name" Mar. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My fiancee's name is Gabriel, Gabe for short and I think it is a very strong yet gentle name. A lot of the time people think that his name is Dave so we have to say Gabriel, then they get it. He was named after Roman Gabriel the former NFL Raider." Jan. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I have a boy his name will be Gabriel, I love the name I love how it speaks to me and I don't know any one with the name so it works out great!" Dec. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "oh my gosh!!! i love love love love love this name! it is such a beautiful, strong, masculin name!! i love it!! My brother's name is Gabriel David Anthony, but we all call him 'gabe' or 'gabes'. beautiful name...I LOVE IT!!" Oct. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just had our third child, second boy, whom we named Gabriel Thomas. We love the name. He is already getting Gabe for short." Oct. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my firstborn as Gabriel, having dedicated him to the ministry of God. I would want him to spread the message of salvation through Jesus Christ, and his second coming, just as the angel Gabriel did for his first." Oct. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel. He is 6 months old. Most people pronounce is Gabrielle (for a girl) It can be tough as he has a twin sister, Jordan, also a boys name. They are always being confused. Not too many people can spell it correctly either. Then tend to spell it like Gabrielle. Mostly I get comments like, "wow, what Bioblical names you have chosen." I even once got "he has large shoes to fill." A few people told me that it was actually a girls name. I am constantly correcting people. I absolutely love the name, as do most people. You don't hear it that often and that is what I love the most about it." Oct. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are going to name our first son Gabriel, with nickname Gabe." Aug. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first son Gabriel and everyone loves it! I feel it is not so average that u meet a Gabriel everyday BUT, it is also not a weird name. He loves his name and he is only 3 1/2." Jun. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my second sons name, and i love it. its different without being too unique." Jun. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "alot of people hear it wrong and say gilbert but after it all its a pretty cool name i hardly ever meet a lot of people named gabriel" May. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 10 year old son's name is Gabriel and we call him "Gabe" for short. He loves it, we love it and no one ever forgets his name. Now we just need to find something as perfect for his baby brother" May. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My beautiful son is named Gabriel. Whenever we go to the pediatrician, whatever nurse it is calls him "Gabrielle". Every time. Its starting to grate." Mar. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well, since it is my own, I must say I think it is a very excellent name. Just watch out for your boy when he is still young and not quite sure of his masculinity...undoubtedly, the teacher in his school will say "Gabrielle" when calling role. Alas!" Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am thinking of naming my son this. It's a beautiful name but... I'm afaid of him being teased later in school, or people calling him Gabrielle." Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my first son Gabriel and it is a strong yet gentle name which suits him well - everyone who's met him thinks it's an incredibly awesome name!" Jul. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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  • "My name is Gabriel, and i think this website is really REALLY weird." Jan. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • ""I am three months pregnant and if I have another little boy I plan to name him Gabriel. I think it is beautiful to say the least."" Jul. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is Gabriel and my Finance want to name our son that but often my name gets Pronounced as Gabrielle and I don't want that for my son" Nov. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Gabriel, Gabe for short, and I love it! I'm so annoyed by how many people call him Gabrielle. Some people (American adults) even tell me I gave him a girl's name. I tell them that is ridiculous because Gabriel was an angel - a male." May. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is called Gabriel and it suits him perfectly!he was born to have this name. when i was pregnant no other name made sense or grabbed me and the name Gabriel kept comin to me, i initially didnt want to call him this cz he has an uncle with the name, but the name wouldnt leave me i liked a few names but on other kids! my son was meant to have this name, everyone loves it. i get a few people that call him Gabrielle and i just have to correct them. "strong man of God" "messenger of God" "spirit of truth" i love all the meanings of this name. he is nw two and loves his name too! i dnt really nickname him but when im txtin bout him i write gabs other than that its just Gabriel. i have a friend who calls him Gabsey....which neither of us like....Gabriel totally ignores this, lol. hoer you love the name as much as everyone who has it or choose it. it is an absolutely beautiful regrets ever" Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Gabriel but always goes by Gabe except for by me who is constantly uses the more serious "Gabriel!" My son is 8 and wears very stylish glasses, has a longer hair style and loves sports, especially football. I have an aunt that calles him Gaber. it is the perfect name for him." Jan. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Gabriel but now for more intrest i write it gabreal it seems more origonal" Dec. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gabriel and I'm an atheist, and so are my parents. Take THAT obvious religious motive." Jul. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think this name is awesome because it comes from the arc angel Gabriel and thats cool cause the boy will be protective of his siblings and it is so beautiful" Dec. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think the name is a nice boy name, but for this day and age it is not heard much and might be perceived when the child is older as a "girly boy name, not a masculine type of name." Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "there are many people with the name gabriel, its a very popular amish name" May. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gabriel. Honestly, it wasn't the best name growing up with; but it is a great unique name when you get older." Apr. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like the name Gabriel, but when it is shortened to Gab it sounds so ugly" Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone from my school called Gabriel, but he does not like it. Most just call him Gabby" Mar. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is now 7 years old and he loves his name. He knows that he is named after an angel in the bible, a 'messenger of God'. I have hardly come across other 'Gabriels', so I feel this was a great choice as not too common and not strange either. Also, it sounds great in spanish and english. I do call him Gabe alot. Great biblical name!!!" Jan. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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