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January 25th, 2009, 05:54 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Usage: French, German, Scandinavian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Romanian, Polish, Biblical
Pronounced: ga-bree-EL (French), GAY-bree-əl (English), GAHP-ryel (Polish)
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "strong man of God". Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, where he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary. According to Islamic tradition he was the angel who dictated the Qur'an to Muhammad.
This name has been used occasionally in England since the 12th century. It was not common in the English-speaking world until the end of the 20th century.
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