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Gender: Male Meaning of Ansel: "with divine protection or follower of a nobleman" Origin of Ansel: German

The name Ansel is a boy's name of German origin meaning "with divine protection or follower of a nobleman". Ansel and is often added to lists like Artistic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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 (another possibility), Ansel is a medieval Germanic name, whose meaning is somewhat unclear.

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.

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Famous People Named Ansel

Ansel Easton Adams, American photographer and environmentalist
Ansel Elgort, American actor, son of photographer Arthur Elgort
Ansel Briggs, first Governor of Iowa, USA
Ansel Franklin Hall, American naturalist
Ansel Sterling, U.S. Congressman from Connecticut
Ansel Tracy Walling, U.S. Congressman from Ohio
Edgar Ansel Mowrer, American journalist

Pop Culture References for the name Ansel

Ancell, Ansell


ccmrath Says:


I can't help but love this name. It has such a great meaning and sound. I'm surprised it's not more popular... although it has almost doubled in usage in the past 5 years, so maybe it's an up-and-coming name. I like to think so. It reminds me of other names I love, such as Hans and Anders.

Rush1986 Says:


This is just Hansel without the H.

Guest Says:


I like this name better when it has more of an AHN syllable than AN