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Gender: M Meaning of Ansel: "follower of a nobleman" Origin of Ansel: German

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Ansel, primarily associated with the great western photographer Ansel Adams, famed for his magnificent photographs of the Yosemite Valley, could make a creative artist-hero choice. For Adams it was a family name--he was named after his uncle, Ansel Easton.

Derived from the same root as Anselm (another possibility), Ansel is a medieval Germanic name, whose meaning is somewhat unclear.

Ansel has been far from a unique name--it was on and off the popularity lists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, reaching as high as Number 540 in 1893.

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Famous People Named Ansel

Ansel Adams, American photographer and environmentalist
Ansel Elgort, actor who portrays Caleb Prior in film adaptation of "Divergent" and Augustus "Gus" Waters in film adaptation of "The Fault in our Stars"

Pop Culture References for the Name Ansel

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