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Gender: M Meaning of Axel: "father of peace" Origin of Axel: German Axel's Popularity in 2015: #123

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 123, its highest ranking ever. 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, 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. Currently, Axel Heck is the oldest son on The Middle.

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
Axel, Argentine singer-songwriter
Axel Brauns, German writer and filmmaker
Axel Rodrigues de Arruda, Brazilian footballer
Richard Axel, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Pop Culture References for the name Axel

Axel Mortmain, Character from 'The Infernal Devices' Series by Cassandra Clare
Axel von dem Busche, from the 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
Axel Heck, oldest son from the U.S sitcom, 'The Middle'
Axel, protagonist in Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth
Axel Rex, character in Vladimir Nabokov's novel Laughter in the Dark
Axel Heyst, character in Joseph Conrad's "Victory"
Axel Foley, leading character in the film Beverly Hills Cop
"Axel F", 1985 instrumental theme song of Beverly Hills Cop by Harold Faltermeyer
Axel Thurston, character in the anime series Eureka Seven
Axel Brodie, character in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Axel Palmer, character in the 1981 slasher film My Bloody Valentine and its 2009 remake, My Bloody Valentine 3D
Axel, former prisoner and member of the group of survivors on the TV series The Walking Dead
Axel, playable character from the Twisted Metal vehicular combat video game series
Axel, elephant character from the Animal Crossing video game series
Axel, playable character from the Crazy Taxi series
Axel, character in the Suikoden game series
Axel, Guardian of The Sanctuary of Water and Ice in Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Axel, "Dark Hero", a character from the video game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Axel Dark-Key, villain of Ape Escape Million Monkeys
Axel Hawk, character from the video game series Fatal Fury
Axel Steel, character in the Guitar Hero video game series
Axel Stone, character from the Streets of Rage video game series
Axel, Netherlands, the town
Axel jump, type of jump in figure skating
Axel Download Accelerator, download manager for Linux
Axel Walker aka Trickster, character on TV's "The Flash"
Axel, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"

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

Axel's International Variations

Aksel (Norwegian) Akseli (Finnish)