What does Able mean?
Able /able/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name. Able's root is Hebrew, and the name Able means "breath, vapour". Able is a variant transcription of Abel (Hebrew): from the Hebrew name Hevel. Compare surname Auble.
How popular is Able?
Able is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#12107 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent varying forms of Able (unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Abel (#164 last year) and Abe. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.582%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.418%, down 28.2%), with the form Abe becoming less stylish. Abel (#164) is the most trendy birth name in this list. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Able and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)