What does Abel mean?
Abel /abel/ as a boys' name is pronounced AY-bel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Abel is "breath, vapour".
From the Hebrew name Hevel, and the meaning implies vanity. The name may also derive from an Assyrian word meaning "meadow". Biblical: the second son of Adam and Eve. According to the Christian Church, he is a pre-Christian martyr and is invoked as a saint in the litany for the dying. The name has been in steady use since the sixth century, and is popular in Spain.
Affiliated boy name: Abelard.
Abel has 1 feminine form: Abelia.Kreatif forms:
(male) Abeli, Atel, ..
(female) Abelae, Abeli, ..
How popular is Abel?
Abel is a very prominent first name for men (#485 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1809 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Abel for boys. Abel reached its apex rank of #164 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Abel and affiliated names. Abe and Abie are the popular alternative forms of Abel (#164 in 2014). Adoption of these relations of Abel is more pronounced in 2014 (usage of 0.1%), except for the version Abe which has become less stylish. Abel has been the most prevalent.
Abel▲ is pronounced similarly to Abiel, Abiell, Abyel, Abyell and Ahbiel. Other suggested similar names are Ab, Abad, Abba, Abbe, Abbey, Abda, Abdal, Abdel, Abdi, Abdul, Abia, Abir, Abner, Abo, Abot, Abriel, Ace▲, Acel, Acer, Acey, Adael, Adal, Ade, Adel, Adem, Adil, Aksel, Al▼, Alben, Alec▼, Alek, Alem, Amed, Amel, Amer, Ames, Amil, Amyel, Anjel, Ansel, Anwel, Ardel, Arel, Ares▲, Ariel, Arnel, Asael, Asen, Asiel, Askel, Atef, Aube, Auben, Aurel, Ave, Aviel, Avrel, Avyel, Axel▲, Axl▲, Dael, Del, Gael, Mel, Neel, Niel, Noel▲, Peel, Yael▲ and Yoel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Abel.