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Gender: M Meaning of Abel: "breath" Origin of Abel: Hebrew Abel's Popularity in 2015: #125

Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

Abel has literary connections to the novels of Dickens and Trollope, and is also one of the few well-known Old Testament names not plagued by overuse. Having been chosen for their second son by Amy Pohler and Will Arnett could give it a real popularity bounce.

Abel's ranking at Number 125 on the Most Popular list--the highest it has been since records have been kept--could be due to its popularity in the Hispanic community, where it is pronounced ah-BELL, as it is in France.

Abel's namesakes include two movie directors, Abel Gance and Abel Ferrara.

Famous People Named Abel

Abel, Biblical son of Adam and Eve
Saint Abel, Bishop of Reims, France
Abel, King of Denmark
Abel Janszoon Tasman, Dutch discoverer of Tasmania and New Zealand
Abel Parker Upshur, 15th U.S. Secretary of State
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, Canadian singer-songwriter
Abel Gance, French film director
Abel Ferrara, American film director
Abel Tesfaye, Canadian singer known as The Weeknd
Abel Pacheco, former President of Costa Rica
Andrzej Popławski (Abel), Polish archbishop of Lublin and Chełm
Adam (Abel) Korzeniowski, Polish composer
Abel Talamántez, American Latin singer
Abel Wolman, American inventor and scientist
Abel James Arnett, son of actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Abel Smith, birth name of Ned Rocknroll, husband of English actress Kate Winslet
Jacob Allen "Jake" Abel, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Abel

Abel Teller, character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
Abel Nightroad, character in anime "Trinity Blood"
Abel Rosnovski, character in Jeffrey Archer's "Kane and Abel"
Abel Gideon, character on TV's "Hannibal"
Abel Magwitch, character in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Abel, character in the arcade game "Street Fighter IV"
Abel, character in DC Comics House of Mystery series
Abel, character in the Battle Arena Toshinden video game series
Abel, main character in W.H. Hudson's "Green Mansions"
Abel, character in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
Abel, character in Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"

Abell, Able, Avel