"with divine protection"

Ansel Origin and Meaning

The name Ansel is a boy's name of German origin meaning "with divine protection".

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. And, in turn, Adams was the namesake of young heartthrob Ansel Elgort, son of a photographer.

Derived from the same root as Anselm, Ansel is a medieval Germanic name that still feels fresh and stylish today.

Ansel has been far from a unique baby 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.

# 978 in the US

Ansel Rank in US Top 1000

# 163 on Nameberry

Ansel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ansel Popularity

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Famous People Named Ansel

  • Ansel Easton AdamsAmerican photographer and environmentalist
  • Ansel ElgortAmerican actor, son of photographer Arthur Elgort
  • Ansel Briggsfirst Governor of Iowa, USA
  • Ansel Franklin HallAmerican naturalist
  • Ansel SterlingU.S. Congressman from Connecticut
  • Ansel Tracy WallingU.S. Congressman from Ohio
  • Edgar Ansel MowrerAmerican journalist
  • Ansel KeysAmerican physiologist, inventor of the K,Ration

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