- Origin: Hebrew
- Meaning: “God is my strength; God is my power.”
- Gender: masculine
- (uh-ZYE-el; OOZ-ee-el)
The name is composed of the Hebrew עֹז (‘oz) meaning “strength, power” and אֵל (‘el) meaning “God.”
It is borne by a few minor characters in the Bible, including the grandson of Levi and the father of Mishael, Elzaphan, and Zithri, the uncle of Aaron, Moses & Miriam.
In the apocryphal Enoch 3, Uziel is the name of a fallen archangel, more often referred to as Uzza. The same archangel is referenced as such in some versions of the kabbalistic text, Sefer Raziel HaMalakh, Johannes Trithemius’ Steganographia; and in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
In Talmudic Jewish tradition, it was the name of the father of Jonathan Ben Uzziel, one of the 80 tannaim who studied under Hillel the Elder.
Among Medieval Jews, the name was rare among Ashkenazi Jews but very common among Sephardis & Middle Eastern Jews.
In the English-speaking world, the name is seldom used but has recently become common in Spanish-speaking countries.
A recent notable bearer was Uziel “Uzi” Gal (born Gotthard Glas) (1923-2002), a German-born Israeli gun designer best known for his invention of the “uzi.”
Other forms include:
- Uciel (Albanian)
- Usiheel (Bavarian German)
- Oziil Озиил (Bulgarian)
- Oziel Οζιηλ (Biblical Greek)
- Ozihel (Biblical Latin)
- Uziel (Croatian, Czech, French, Italian, Modern Hebrew, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish)
- Uzziël (Dutch)
- Usiel (Finnish, French, German)
- Huziel, Ouzziel (French)
- Huzziél (Hungarian)
- Uzielis (Lithuanian)
- Utiere (Maori)
- Ussiel (Norwegian, Swedish)
- Uziil Узиил (Russian)
- Ziel (Yiddish)