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What does Abelard mean?

Abelard Pronunciation of Abelard as a boys' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Abelard is "noble strength". From Adalhard. The name may also ultimately derive from the Hebrew name Abel, and the Spanish form Abelardo may derive from the Spanish word "abeja", meaning "bee". Made famous by the 12th-century French philosopher Pierre Abelard, who fell in love with and seduced his student Heloise. Her uncle had him emasculated, even though he married Heloise. She became a nun, he became a monk.


ASSOCIATED WITH noble, strength, famous, philosopher, monk


VARIANTS Ab, Abbey, Abby, Abe, Abel, Abelardo

RELATED FORMS VIA ABEL, ADALHARD Abele, Abell, Abelson, Adalard, Adelard, Adellard



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How popular is Abelard?

Abelard is a rare first name for men but a somewhat popular surname for all people (#101654 out of 150436, Top 68%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Abelard (OUTSIDE TOP 2000) ranked in the Top 2000 are Abel (#146 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Abe (#1859), Ab, Abelardo and Adelard. Usage of these forms of Abelard reached its apex 3 years ago (USAGE OF 0.17%) and is almost as widespread today (USAGE 0.15%, DOWN 12.3%), but with the version Abe falling out of fashion. Abel is the most trendy name for newborns in this list. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab, Abe, Abel, Abelardo, Adelard in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Abad, Abeer, Abeeri (see Abir), Abert, Abnar, Adelhard, Adelmar, Adlar, Adlard, Ahearn, Aland, Alard, Alhard (see Allard), Aliard, Allard, Allart, Allerd (see Ellard), Archard, Arland, Asgard, Aylward, Ballard, Brevard, Eberhard, Ellard, Everard, Gallard, Gerard, Hillard, Jerard, Lenard, Menard, Millard, Pollard, Renard, Seward, Shepard, Sherard, Steward, Villard and Willard. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abelard.

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