What does Mendel mean?
Mendel \m(e)-ndel, men-del\ as a boys' name is of Farsi origin. Variant of Menachem. Also possibly (Semitic) "wisdom, learning". The father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel, was a 19th-century Austrian priest and abbot of an order of monks.
Mendel is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#11273 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Menachem is the only prominent alternative form of Mendel (#unlisted). Adoption of these boy names reached its apex in the year 1994 (usage of 0.166%) and is now lower. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Mendel and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)