From the medieval Latin masculine name Angelus which was derived from the name of the heavenly creature (itself derived from the Greek word αγγελος (angelos) meaning "messenger").
It has never been very common in the English-speaking world, where it is sometimes used as a feminine name in modern times.
English, Italian, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Faroese, Catalan, Occitan, Breton, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek Form of Channah (see HANNAH) used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Many later Old Testament translations, including the English, use the Hannah spelling instead of Anna.
The name appears briefly in the New Testament belonging to a prophetess who recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
It was a popular name in the Byzantine Empire from an early date, and in the Middle Ages it became common among Western Christians due to veneration of Saint Anna (usually known as Saint Anne in English), the name traditionally assigned to the mother of the Virgin Mary.
The name was popularized in the Slavic world due to the 11th-century Saint Boris, who was a Russian prince martyred with his brother Gleb. Another famous bearer was the 16th-century Russian emperor Boris Godunov, later the subject of a play of that name by Aleksandr Pushkin.English, Hebrew, French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Croatian, Armenian, Georgian, Biblical, Biblical Greek From the Hebrew name דָּנִיֵּאל (Daniyyel) meaning "God is my judge".Daniel was a Hebrew prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament.He lived during the Jewish captivity in Babylon, where he served in the court of the king, rising to prominence by interpreting the king's dreams.The book also presents Daniel's four visions of the end of the world.