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What does Wendel mean?

Wendel Pronunciation of Wendel [wen-del] as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and Wendel means "wanderer". Wendel is a variant form of Wendell (Old German): attorney Wendell Willkie.


2 different relations via Wendell: Wendale and Wendall.

Creative forms:
(male) Wende, Wyndel, ..

(female) Wenter, Wenwen, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wendel Zephaniah (W.Z.), ..

How popular is Wendel?

Wendel is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#5990 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Wendel was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #1257 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not listed currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Wendall and Wendell (#1914 a year ago) are the prominent alternative forms of Wendel rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Wendel was at its most widespread during the years 1930-1939 (average #927) and has become significantly lower since, with the version Wendell becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wendel, Wendall, Wendell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wendel is alike in pronunciation to Wyndell. Other suggested similar names are Abdel, Aeriel, Angel, Anjel, Arnel, Arondel (see Arundel), Avenel, Bethel, Betuel, Dantel, Danyel, Denzel, Denziel, Derrel, Donnel, Donzel, Edel, Eudel, Feivel, Feiwel, Fidel, Haniel, Hansel, Hanyel, Herzel, Heshel (see Hershel), Hevel, Jerel, Jerrel, Kemuel, Kendal, Kendel, Kendell, Kendyl, Keppel, Lemuel, Lendell, Leonel, Lindel, Mandel, Manoel, Manvel, Mardel, Mendel, Mendell, Montel, Neel, Newel, Onnjel (see Angel), Quennel, Rancel, Randel, Rendell, Reuel, Rodel, Sender, Udel, Waddell, Walder, Warde, Wardell, Waydell (see Wade), Weaver, Weeb, Welbey (see Welby), Welden, Weldon, Wenzel, Werner, Wernher, Wesley, Westen, Wynne and Zindel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Wendel.

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