Angel is an English name, originally a male name, derived from the Church Latin name Angelus, from Greek angelos.

This meant “messenger” in classical Greek, but in New Testament Greek it had the specialized meaning “messenger of God”, i.e. an angel.

It is now completely out of fashion as a male name in English, but is being increasingly bestowed as a female name. It is no doubt influenced strongly by the use of the English vocabulary word angel as an affectionate term of address for a good or pretty little girl. 

My name was shorten from Angela to Angel when my grandfather took one look at me and stated: "That's an angel if ever I saw one," then handed me back to my mom and said, "Call her Angel." 

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