Biblical first name par excellence, Gabriel, which means "man of God" or "strength of God" is the archangel messenger of God. It is he who explains his dreams to the prophet Daniel, announces to Zechariah the imminent birth of Saint John the Baptist and to Mary that of the Messiah. Also available in the feminine (Gabrielle), this first name celebrated on September 29 has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s.
Origin of first name Gabriel
In the Old Testament, Gabriel is an archangel who plays the role of the messenger who communicates God's purposes to humans. Giver of good news, he is present in almost all representations of the Annunciation. In Islam, Gabriel (Jibril) is the angel messenger who reveals the Koran to the prophet Muhammad. Object of worship since the tenth century, he is quite logically the patron of ambassadors and postmen, and more generally of all activities related to telecommunications.
Use and popularity of the first name Gabriel
Adopted in most Christian countries and especially in Spain and Italy during the Middle Ages, Gabriel and Gabrielle are successful in France from the Renaissance. Thus Gabrielle d'Estrées, famous favorite of Henri IV, with whom she had three children. Closer to home, it is mainly in artistic and literary circles that we find this first name: Gabriel Fauré, French composer, Gabriel d'Annunzio, Italian writer, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, Gabriel Yared , film music composer or Gabriel Byrne, Irish actor ...