What does Ansel mean?
Ansel /an-sel/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced AN-sul. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Ansel is "follower of a nobleman". Also variant of Anselm (Old German) "God's helmet". Use is likely to refer to photographer Ansel Adams, who photographed the American wilderness so eloquently.
How popular is Ansel?
Ansel is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#21113 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Ansel for boys. Ansel was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #921 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Ansel and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Ansel appearing in the Top 1000 are Anselmo and Elmo. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.2587%) and have become much less popular since, with the form Elmo becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)