Most new parents have high hopes that their babies will turn out to be sweet little souls who smile and coo and sleep peacefully like a real-life angel — so why not name them after one? Angelic names for babies — not to mention baby names that literally mean “angel” — do exist, and they’re not all religious.
Okay, yes, “angels” originated in the Bible. They are, after all, otherworldly beings who supposedly act as messengers for the Christian God. But these days, the word does not have to hold religious connotations; in fact, we’re guilty of using the term for just about any person — or particularly well-behaved pet — who embodies peace and serenity. And hey, isn’t that what we hope for our babies?
Angelic names ring especially true when you spend those quiet moments staring at your sleeping “angel” — but as plenty of parents know, as that angel-baby grows into young adulthood they can become far from angelic. In fact, although angelic names for babies are on the rise (as are many “expectation” names), according to Babynames.com founder Jennifer Moss, you may want to think carefully before setting on an angelic name for your little one. “The problem with those types of names is that they infuse an expectation of a certain characteristic or personality trait into your child — a trait that they might not be able to live up to,” Moss says. “What happens if ‘Justice’ has to go before a judge? Or your ‘Angel’ doesn’t feel angelic all of the time? We at BabyNames.com don’t feel that’s fair to impose on your child for the rest of their lives.”
Still, if you have your heart and mind firmly set on an angel name that will always bring you back to your child’s cherubic days, no matter how whiny a teenager they’ve become, go ahead and check out the list below. The angelic names for baby girls, boys, and kids of any gender ahead are fit for a real-life cherub — or at least a kid who looks angelic even when they misbehave.
Angel names for babies
The name Angel is of Spanish origin and is generally considered a boy’s name, although we think it could be just as beautiful for a baby girl. You can also consider one of these eight baby names that are based on Angel.
Names that mean “miracle” or “blessing”
These 12 beautiful girl names below mean “miracle,” “gift from God,” or “blessed.”
These 13 boy names below also mean “blessing,” “miraculous,” or “gift.”
The names of prominent angels from the Christian faith
If you are looking for a unique and beautiful name, these angel names are powerful and ethereal. Why not match the angel name with an attribute you hope your child exemplifies?
- Afriel: Angel of youth
- Ariel: Angel of nature
- Cassiel: Angel of temperance
- Charmeine: Angel of harmony
- Dina: Angel of learning
- Gavreel: Angel of peace
- Michael: Angel of loyalty
- Gabriel: Angelic messenger
- Raphael: Angel of healing
- Micah: Angel of miracles
- Uriel: Angel of creativity
- Forfax: Angel of astronomy
- Hadraniel: Angel of love
- Jophiel: Angel of enlightenment
- Lailah: Angel of conception
- Manakel: Angel of peace
- Nathaniel: Angel of fire
- Ramiel: Angel of thunder
- Sariel: Angel of guidance
- Sachael: Angel of water
- Tabbris: Angel of self-determination
- Xapham: Angel of creation
- Raziel: Angel of mysteries
- Paschar: Angel of vision
- Zuriel: Angel of harmony
- Zuphlas: Angel of trees
- Zadkiel: Angel of prayer
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A version of this article was originally published in December 2011.