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Gender: M Meaning of Abel: "breath" Origin of Abel: Hebrew Abel's Popularity in 2014: #164

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 164 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 James Arnett, son of actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett
Abel Smith, birth name of Ned Rocknroll, husband of English actress Kate Winslet
Abel Janszoon Tasman, Dutch discoverer of Tasmania and New Zealand
Abel Gance, French film director
Abel Ferrara, American film director
Jake Abel, american actor
Abel Tesfaye, Canadian singer known as The Weeknd
Andrzej Popławski (Abel), Polish archbishop of Lublin and Chełm
Adam (Abel) Korzeniowski, Polish composer

Pop Culture References for the name Abel

Abel, son of Adam and Eve in The Bible, murdered by his jealous brother Cain
Abel Teller, character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
Abel Nightroad, character in the anime "Trinity Blood"
Abel Rosnovski, character in Jeffrey Archer's novel "Kane and Abel"
Abel Gideon, character on TV's "Hannibal"
Abel Magwitch, character in Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Abel, character in the arcade game "Street Fighter IV"

Abell, Able, Avel