Origin: Hebrew אוּרִיאֵל
Meaning: “God is my light.”
In post-Exilic rabbinical tradition, Uriel is an angel, he is mostly apocryphal and legendary and is not mentioned in the Jewish or Christian Bible. He appears in the apocryphal Book of Enoch and in the Book of Esdras in which Uriel is sent by God to instruct Ezra.
In Catholic legend, Uriel rescued St. John the Baptist and his mother St. Elizabeth from Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents, miraculously transporting them to be with the Holy Family as depicted in Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks.
In Eastern Orthodox tradition he is considered one of the seven major archangels.
In Jewish legend, Uriel is the Angel of Saturday, the Angel of Poetry and is one of the Holy Sephiroth.
In Anglican tradition, Uriel is an archangel and is the patron saint of the Sacrement of Confirmation.
He also plays a role in Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Currently, Uriel is the 440th most popular male name in the United States, (2010).
Other forms of the name include:
- Uriil Уриил (Bulgarian/Russian)
- Uriël (Dutch)
- Uriel ურიელ (Georgian)
- Uri’yel אוּרִיאֵל(Hebrew)
- Urielis (Lithuanian)
- Uril Урил (Macedonian)
- Urijel Урил (Serbian)
- Uryyíl Уриї́л (Ukrainian)