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Gabriel (meaning "God is my strength" or "man of God"), in the Bible and Qur'an, is an angel, specifically an archangel (arch means "highest" or "chief").

In the Bible

Gabriel is first mentioned in the Bible, in the book of Daniel, when he appeared to Daniel.[1] In the New Testament, he delivered a message from God to Zacharias,[2] and most famously, to Mary to announce the coming birth of Jesus.[3] The Catholic feast of the Annunciation celebrates this visit every year, nine months before Christmas.

In the Qur'an

Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic) is a messenger from Allah. He is the angel who tells Mary that she will have a baby boy. Gabriel is one of four names of angels in holy Qur'an. He revealed the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad.

As a name

Gabriel has sometimes been used as a given name in English-speaking counties because of a Continental European influence. Cognates: Hungarian: Gábor. Italian: Gabriele. Finnish: Kaapo. The feminine form of the name Gabriel is Gabrielle.


  1. Daniel 8:16, Daniel 9:21
  2. Luke 1:11–20
  3. Luke 1:27–38