Angela is a female given name. It is derived from the Greek word ángelos meaning "messenger of God". In the United States, the name "Angela" was at its most popular between 1965 and 1979, when it was ranked among the top 10 names for girls. Since 1900 in America, it has been ranked among the 300 most popular names. It has been falling from its peak of popularity, and had fallen to 133rd by 2008.