Abel Origin and Meaning

The name Abel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "breath".

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 namesakes include two movie directors, Abel Gance and Abel Ferrara, and a pop singer, Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd.

# 220 in the US

Abel Rank in US Top 1000

# 301 on Nameberry

Abel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Abel Popularity

Famous People Named Abel

  • AbelBiblical son of Adam and Eve
  • Saint AbelBishop of Reims, France
  • AbelKing of Denmark
  • Abel Janszoon TasmanDutch discoverer of Tasmania and New Zealand
  • Abel Parker Upshur15th U.S. Secretary of State
  • Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye aka The WeekndCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Abel GanceFrench film director
  • Abel FerraraAmerican film director
  • Abel Pachecoformer President of Costa Rica
  • Andrzej Popławski (Abel)Polish archbishop of Lublin and Chełm
  • Adam (Abel) KorzeniowskiPolish composer
  • Abel TalamántezAmerican Latin singer
  • Abel WolmanAmerican inventor and scientist
  • Abel Smithbirth name of Ned Rocknroll, husband of English actress Kate Winslet
  • Abel James Arnett (b. 2010)son of actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett

Abel in Pop Culture

  • Abelbiblical son of Adam and Eve
  • Stone of Abelin Ancient Israel (1 Samuel 6:18)
  • Abel Tellercharacter on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
  • Abel Nightroadcharacter in anime "Trinity Blood"
  • Abel Rosnovskicharacter in Jeffrey Archer's "Kane and Abel"
  • Abel Gideoncharacter on TV's "Hannibal"
  • Abel Bodeycharacter in "Sims" series
  • Abel Magwitchcharacter in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
  • Abelcharacter in the arcade game "Street Fighter IV"
  • Abelcharacter in DC Comics House of Mystery series
  • Abelcharacter in the Battle Arena Toshinden video game series
  • Abelmain character in W.H. Hudson's "Green Mansions"
  • Abelcharacter in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
  • Abelcharacter in Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
  • Abelcharacter in Claudia Gray's science fiction novel, Defy the Stars