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What does Axel mean?

Axel Pronunciation of Axel [ax-el] as a boys' name is pronounced AX-el. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Axel is "father is peace". Scandinavian variant of Absalom. Singer Axl Rose.

Associated with: peace, scandinavian, rose (flower).


Axel has 7 variants: Aksel, Ax, Axe, Axell, Axil, Axill and Axl.

Related boy name: Avshalom.

1 feminine form: Axelle.

Creative forms:
(male) Atel, Axley, ..

(female) Axela, Axlia, ..

Middle name pairings:
Axel Andy (A.A.), ..

How popular is Axel?

Axel is an unusual given name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#34038 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Axel reached its top position of #123 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Aksel (#1356 via latest list) and Axl (#761) are the prominent alternative forms of Axel (#123 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Axel is well-received today (median #746). Axel is more familiar than the rest, though Axl has grown popular as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Axel, Aksel, Axl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abdel, Abe, Abel, Abele, Abey, Abiel, Abyel, Ace, Acee, Acel, Acey, Adael, Adal, Ade, Adeel, Adel, Adem, Aden, Adil, Aed, Airel, Akil, Al, Alec, Alek, Alem, Alen, Alex, Amal, Amed, Amel, Amer, Ames, Amiel, Amil, Amyel, Anael, Angel, Anjel, Ansel, Anwel, Ardel, Arek, Arel, Ares, Ariel, Arnel, Aryel, Asael, Ase, Asen, Asiel, Askel, Atef, Aurel, Ave, Avel, Aviel, Avrel, Avyel, Buel, Cael, Dael, Del, Edel, Gael, Jael, Joel, Kael, Niel, Noel, Ruel, Udel, Yael and Yoel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Axel.

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