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Gender: M Meaning of Axel: "father of peace" Origin of Axel: German Axel's Popularity in 2012: #160

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Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the name of the title character of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom.

Growing in popularity, along with a lot of other names featuring the powerful letter 'x', Axel is now at Number 160. It entered the popularity list in 1989, one year after the release of one of Guns N' Roses biggest hits. It is very popular in Scandinavia (as high as Number 15 in Sweden), Germany and France.

Axel was chosen by Will Ferrell for his third son, and also by Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson for their boys, and it's the middle name of Tiger Woods' boy Charlie. Axel Foley was the character played by Eddie Murphy in the "Beverly Hills Cop" movies and, going further back, was the name of an important character in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.

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Famous People Named Axel

Axel Springer (1912-1985), German journalist and the founder and owner of the Axel Springer AG publishing company
Count Axel von Fersen, lover of Marie Antoinette
Axel Ferrell, son of actor Will Ferrell
Axel Lee McElhenney, son of actor Kaitlin Olson and actor Robert Dale McElhenney
Charlie Axel Woods, son of athlete Tiger Woods

Pop Culture References for the Name Axel

Axel von dem Busche, from film "The Plot to Kill Hitler"
Axel, minor character on AMC's "The Walking Dead," played by Lew Temple
King Axel, deceased king in the "Blood of Kings" trilogy by Jill Williamson
Axel from the video game "Kingdom Hearts" voiced by Quinton Flynn

Ax, Axe, Axell, Axil, Axill, Axl, Axyl

Axel's International Variations

Akseli (Finnish) Aksel (Norwegian)