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Meaning and name origin

Abel \a-bel\ as a boy's 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.


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

For more information, see also the related boy name Abelard.

There is 1 feminine form of Abel: Abelia.


Abel is a very popular first name for males (#485 out of 1220, Top 40%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1774 out of 88799, Top 2%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Abel for boys. Abel reached its highest rank of #164 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abel name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Abel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Abel (#164) and Abe. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abe, Abel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Abel is also pronounced similarly to Abiel, Abiell, Abyel, Abyell and Ahbiel. Other suggested similar baby names are Abdel, Acel, Adel, Amel, Arel, Aviel, Avyel and Axel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Abel.