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English, Scottish, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Jewish:
from the Hebrew personal name Gavriel ‘God has given me
strength’. This was borne by an archangel in the Bible (Daniel 8:16
and 9:21), who in the New Testament announced the impending birth of
Jesus to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26–38). It has been a comparatively
popular personal name in all parts of Europe, among both Christians
and Jews, during the Middle Ages and since. Compare