Meaning and name origin
Ansel \a-nsel, an-sel\ as a boy's 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.
Ansel is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#34317 out of 88799, Top 39%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ansel for boys. Ansel reached its highest rank of #921 in the U.S. in 1910-1919. (2014 statistics).
Suggested similar baby names are Aksel, Anael, Angel, Angell, Angelo, Anjel, Anjelo, Anse, Anselme, Anselmi, Anselmo, Anslea, Ansley, Ansly and Anwel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ansel.