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What does Mendel mean?

Mendel Pronunciation of Mendel [mendel] 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.

Associated with: modern, 19th century.


Mendel has 2 variants: Mendeley and Mendell.

1 more alternative form via Menachem: Menahem.

Creative forms:
(male) Mundel, ..

(female) Menbel, Menlee, ..

Middle name pairings:
Mendel Daxon (M.D.), ..

How popular is Mendel?

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)

Mendel was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #1738 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1981. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Menachem (#1123 in recent rankings) is the only other prominent alternative form of Mendel (#1981 in recent rankings). Adoption of these forms of Mendel reached its apex a decade ago (average #1474) and is almost as conventional today.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mendel, Menachem in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Mendel is pronounced similarly to Mandel and Mandell. Other suggested similar names are Adel, Aeriel, Ansel, Anwel, Bertel, Cadel, Daniel, Dannel, Danyel, Denzel, Denziel, Edel, Feivel, Hanyel, Kendal, Kendel, Kendell, Kendyl, Lendell, Lindel, Malden, Manlea (see Manley), Manoel, Mansel, Manten (see Manton), Manuel, Manuelo, Manvel, Mardel, Martel, Marvel, Meade, Medad, Meged, Mehmet, Melden, Meldon, Mellen, Menor, Merce, Merill, Merrel, Merril, Mersey, Meryl, Meydad (see Medad), Meyer, Michel, Migdal, Mikel, Mikkel, Miner, Miquel, Monte, Montel, Mykel, Newel, Onnjel (see Angel), Pedael (see Pedahel), Quennel, Randel, Rendell, Reuel, Rodel, Ronel, Sender, Terrel, Udel, Videl, Wendel, Wendell, Wenzel and Zindel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Mendel.