Gender: Male Meaning of Abel: "breath" Origin of Abel: Hebrew Abel's Popularity in 2019: #157

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.

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Rank in US: #157

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Pop Culture References for the name Abel

Abell, Able, Avel


indiefendi2 Says:


It probably isn't heard as much as cousins Noah and Jacob because Abel had an unfortunate end. Still a nice name though.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like this. You could use Abe as a nickname, as per Abraham. I don't know why Abel isn't heard more. It's short and Biblical, so could be a Noah alternative.

stella2007 Says:


Absolutely beautiful name for a boy! Short, sharp and sweet. I actually fell in love with it after hearing it on the show Sons of Anarchy. A longer middle name would be perfect with the name too!

Chrissy425 Says:


Seeming as it's my last name, it would be confusing to name my child this. Still think it is a nice boy name.
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headintheclouds Says:


This is such a great name- Abel Maximilian is a current favorite name-crush combo of mine! I know some people who shy away from it due to the Cain and Abel association, but I think it's totally fine- it's not like Abel was the Cain of the story- I'd figure Cain to be the off-limits name.

I like that Abel has the same sound as able, such a positive meaning to give a little boy. I know an Abel who pronounces his name Ay-bel, and another who says it as Ah-bell. Both pronunciations are equally nice IMO.

scblovesnames Says:


This is a awesome name.

Guest Says:


I met a girl named Abel when I was a kid and everyone thought it was so cool. I like to think it was very avant-garde for a girl back then. :P I'd do that as well: Abel for a girl.