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What does Able mean?

Able /able/ as a boys' name. Able's root is Hebrew, and the name Able means "breath, vapour". Able is a variant form of Abel (Hebrew): from the Hebrew name Hevel.


Able has 2 variants: Abele and Abell.

Able has 4 more relations via Abel: Abe, Abey, Abie and Avel.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aale, Abal, ..

(female) Abal, Ablia, ..

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. Demographics)


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

Prominent varying forms of Able (unlisted) listed in the Top 2000 are Abel (#164 from recent data), Abie and Abe. These relations of Able were at the apex of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 0.13%), except for the form Abe which have become somewhat outmoded. Abel 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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abe, Abel, Abie in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Able is alike in pronunciation to Abiel, Abiell, Abyel, Abyell and Ahbiel. Other suggested similar names are Aage, Ab, Abba, Abbe, Abbey, Abbie, Abby, Abda, Abdi, Abeer, Abia, Abir, Abna, Abner, Abo, Abot, Acee, Acie, Ade, Adler, Albie, Alec, Aled, Alem, Alen, Alex, Ali, Allen, Allex, Alley, Allie, Aly, Ambie, Ange, Anse, Arie, Arlea, Arlie, Arly, Arne, Arte, Arye, Ase, Ashe, Atlea, Atlee, Atley, Atli, Ave, Axe, Axl, Cable, Cale, Cole, Erle, Gable, Gale, Jule, Kile, Kyle, Lale, Lyle, Nile, Noble, Ole, Sable, Vale, Wole, Yale and Yule. These names tend to be more commonly used than Able.