Angel \a-ngel, an-gel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Angel), is pronounced AHN-hail, AIN-jel. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Angel is "messenger; messenger of God". Derived from the Church Latin name Angelus, from Greek "angelos". Biblical: name for the spirit creatures sent by God to men as His messengers. The original Greek form Angelo is more popular now, as Angel is usually a girl's name (although in Thomas Hardy's 1891 novel "Tess of the D'Urbervilles", a major male character is named Angel Clare.) Both forms are popular in Spanish-speaking countries. Jockey Angel Cordero.