What does Abel mean?
Abel \a-bel\ 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Abelard.
Abel has 1 feminine form: Abelia.
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 popularity of Abel for boys. Abel reached its apex rank of #164 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Abel and affiliated names. Abe is the only other popular alternative form of Abel (#164 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.582%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.418%, down 28.2%), with the version Abe becoming less stylish. Abel (#164) is the most chic name for newborns in this compilation. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Abel is 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 frequently used than Abel.