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What does Abelard mean?

Abelard Pronunciation of Abelard [abelard] as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Abelard is "noble strength". From Adalhard. The name may also ultimately derive from the Hebrew name Abel, and the Spanish form Abelardo may derive from the Spanish word "abeja", meaning "bee". Made famous by the 12th-century French philosopher Pierre Abelard, who fell in love with and seduced his student Heloise. Her uncle had him emasculated, even though he married Heloise. She became a nun, he became a monk.

Associated with: noble, strength, famous, philosopher, monk.


Abelard has 6 variants: Ab, Abbey, Abby, Abe, Abel and Abelardo.

6 more related forms via Abel, Adalhard: Abele, Abell, Abelson, Adalard, Adelard and Adellard.

Creative forms:
(male) Aleclard, Alexlard, ..

(female) Abear, Abelarda, ..

Middle name pairings:
Abelard Mike (A.M.), ..

How popular is Abelard?

Abelard is a rare first name for men but a somewhat popular surname for all people (#101654 out of 150436, Top 68%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Abelard (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 are Abel (#125 from current records), Abe (#1841), Adelard, Ab and Abelardo. Usage of these forms of Abelard is at its apex today (usage of 0.17%), except for the version Abe which has fallen out of fashion. Abel is the most trendy name for newborns in this list. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab, Abe, Abel, Abelardo, Adelard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abad, Abeer, Abeeri (see Abir), Abert, Abnar, Adelhard, Adelmar, Adlar, Adlard, Ahearn, Aland, Alard, Alhard (see Allard), Aliard, Allard, Allart, Allerd (see Ellard), Archard, Arland, Asgard, Aylward, Ballard, Brevard, Eberhard, Ellard, Everard, Gallard, Gerard, Hillard, Jerard, Lenard, Menard, Millard, Pollard, Renard, Seward, Shepard, Sherard, Steward, Villard and Willard. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abelard.

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