The Name "Angel"
After living an international life for a couple of years, I realized that some people were very confused about me being a man named Angel, while others found it totally normal.
So, I decided to explore who has this name and how it sounds to speakers of different languages - French, English and Spanish.
Watch it here in video (or scroll down to read the summary):
Key points of the video:
The name has two spellings: Angel (male) and Angèle (female). This is similar to other French names such as Michel (male) and Michèle (female).
Although “Angel” is not a common name, as soon as I mention that my name is “Angel without an -e”, it’s obvious to the French that it is a male name.
In an English / international context
Checking this list of famous people named Angel, we can see that both genders seem to be equally represented.
The most widespread profession among them is pornographic actress. I doubt that those women use their actual name in their profession.
There are also a few actresses and female models with this name.
Most famous men with the name are sportsmen and actors.
Many men with the name Ángel have this spelling “Ángel” and a hispanic last name.
For Spanish speakers, the name “Angel” is exclusively masculine.
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