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

Ansel Origin and Meaning

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

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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Luci_B Says:


I like this way better than Axel, I don’t know why it isn’t more popular

Luci_B Says:


And? It’s more handsome and usable

stepx Says:


Im surprised its not more popular, also. Same with Anselm. Curious they remain so underused. Maybe its the lack of an obvious nickname. But I quite like it.

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