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What does Abel mean?

Abel Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: meadow, biblical, popular (famous).


Abel has 8 variants: Abe, Abele, Abell, Abelson, Abey, Abie, Able and Avel.

Affiliated boy name: Abelard.

Abel has 1 feminine form: Abelia.

Creative forms:
(male) Abeli, Atel, ..

(female) Abala, Abelae, ..

Middle name pairings:
Abel Daryl (A.D.), ..

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)

Abel reached its apex rank of #125 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Abe (#1841 in 2015) and Abie are the popular alternative forms of Abel (#125 in 2015). Adoption of these relations of Abel was more pronounced in 2015 (usage of 0.2%), except for the version Abe which has become less stylish. Abel has been the most prevalent.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abel, Abe, Abie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abel and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.