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Gender: Male Meaning of Abel: "breath" Origin of Abel: Hebrew Abel's Popularity in 2017: #146

The name Abel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "breath". Abel is ranked #146 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Similar Names (Boys)".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Abel

Abel, Biblical son of Adam and Eve
Saint Abel, Bishop of Reims, France
Abel, King of Denmark
Abel Janszoon Tasman, Dutch discoverer of Tasmania and New Zealand
Abel Parker Upshur, 15th U.S. Secretary of State
Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, Canadian singer-songwriter
Abel Gance, French film director
Abel Ferrara, American film director
Abel Pacheco, former President of Costa Rica
Andrzej Popławski (Abel), Polish archbishop of Lublin and Chełm
Adam (Abel) Korzeniowski, Polish composer
Abel Talamántez, American Latin singer
Abel Wolman, American inventor and scientist
Abel Smith, birth name of Ned Rocknroll, husband of English actress Kate Winslet
Abel James Arnett (b. 2010), son of actors Amy Poehler and Will Arnett

Pop Culture References for the name Abel

Stone of Abel, in Ancient Israel (1 Samuel 6:18)
Abel Teller, character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
Abel Nightroad, character in anime "Trinity Blood"
Abel Rosnovski, character in Jeffrey Archer's "Kane and Abel"
Abel Gideon, character on TV's "Hannibal"
Abel Bodey, character in "Sims" series
Abel Magwitch, character in Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations"
Abel, character in the arcade game "Street Fighter IV"
Abel, character in DC Comics House of Mystery series
Abel, character in the Battle Arena Toshinden video game series
Abel, main character in W.H. Hudson's "Green Mansions"
Abel, character in comic strip "Motley's Crew"
Abel, character in Shawn Levy's "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
Abel, character in Claudia Gray's science fiction novel, Defy the Stars

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.