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What does Ansel mean?

Ansel [an-sel] 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.

Associated with: follower (servant), nobleman, helmet (defender).


Ansel has 2 variants: Ancell and Ansell.

Ansel has 5 more different relations via Anselm: Anse, Anselme, Anselmi, Anselmo and Anso.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Absel, Arsel, ..

(female) Anseli, Anselli, ..

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. Demographics)


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

Displayed below is the baby name history of Ansel for boys. Ansel reached its peak position of #944 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is presently at #1480. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ansel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ansel outside U.S.

Displayed below is an analysis of the history of the boy name Ansel and associated names. The only other prominent varying form of Ansel (#1480 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000 is Anselmo. These forms of Ansel were at the peak of their popularity in the 1910s and are almost as popular today.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ansel, Anselmo in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Ansel is pronounced similarly to Wenzel. Other suggested similar names are Abdel, Abel, Abiel, Abyel, Acel, Adael, Adeel, Adel, Adiel, Airel, Aksel, Amel, Amiel, Amyel, Anael, Ander, Ange, Angel, Angell, Angelo, Aniol, Anjel, Anjelo, Anker, Anslea, Ansley, Ansly, Anson, Antal, Anteo, Antol, Anwel, Anwell, Anwil, Anwyl, Ardel, Arel, Ariel, Arnel, Arsen, Aryel, Asael, Ase, Asen, Asiel, Askel, Asser, Aurel, Avel, Aviel, Avrel, Avyel, Axel, Edsel, Hansel, Mansel, Onjel and Ursel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ansel.