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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.


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

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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

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

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.

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.