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Gender: M Meaning of Abel: "breath" Origin of Abel: Hebrew Abel's Popularity in 2013: #179

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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 recently for their second son by Amy Pohler and Will Arnett could give it a real popularity bounce.

Abel's ranking at Number 179 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.

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Famous People Named Abel

Abel, son of Adam and Eve in The Bible, murdered by his jealous brother Cain
Abel James Arnett, son of Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Abel Smith, now Ned Rocknroll, nephew of billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, husband of English actress Kate Winslet and father of their son Bear Blaze Winslet
Abel Tasman, Dutch explorer, known for discovering Tasmania and New Zealand

Pop Culture References for the Name Abel

Abel Teller, character on the TV show "Sons of Anarchy"
Abel Nightroad, a character in the anime Trinity Blood
Cain and Abel from the Bible
Abel Rosnovski from Sir Jeffrey Archer's novel, Kane and Abel
Abel Gideon, character on the television show "Hannibal"
Abel Magwitch, Great Expectations

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