Gender: Male Meaning of Axel: "father of peace" Origin of Axel: Scandinavian variation of Absalom Axel's Popularity in 2018: #94

Axel Origin and Meaning

The name Axel is a boy's name of German, Scandinavian origin meaning "father of peace".

Axel is the perfect heavy metal rock name, thanks to Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose (born William). Axel is a popular Scandinavian form of the Biblical Absalom, who was a son of King David, and is the name of the title character of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom.

Growing in popularity, along with a lot of other names featuring the powerful letter 'x', Axel is now one of the most popular Scandinavian names. It entered the popularity list in 1989, one year after the release of one of Guns N' Roses biggest hits. It is very popular in Scandinavia, Germany and France.

Axel was chosen by Will Ferrell for his third son, and also by Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson for their boys, and it's the middle name of Tiger Woods' boy Charlie. Axel Foley was the character played by Eddie Murphy in the Beverly Hills Cop movies and, going further back, was the name of an important character in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Currently, Axel Heck is the oldest son on The Middle.

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Rank in US: #94

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Famous People Named Axel

Pop Culture References for the name Axel

Axl, Ax, Axe, Axil, Axill, Axell, Axyl

Axel's International Variations

Aksel (Norwegian) Akseli (Finnish)


Morri Arty Says:


I honestly adore the name Axel.

EKAnerds Says:


An axel is also a figure skating jump.

Eirini170 Says:


Two of my brothers are named Axel and Thor (but thor is mn for Apollo)

clairels Says:


Yes, it absolutely is a name; it's a Scandinavian variation of Absalom. Please read the description on the main page.

Melissa Joy Says:


Axel is a noun made into a name. Axel is not a name.

Eliza1303 Says:


I love this name! I would spell it the Swedish way which I believe is Axle but I could be wrong. The mn Shamus is perfect with it.

BabyHall Says:


I agree,

axel Says:


hello my name is axel

clairels Says:


Axel is a real name; it only happens to share the same spelling as an object.

kjc07 Says:


I love this name. But I think it's because of my Scandinavian heritage and having ancestors named Axel. Even though my ancestor spelled it this way, I think I may prefer the 'Aksel' way of spelling the name. Either way, I think it's fun and accessible without being too out there.

stella2007 Says:


This is a very Scandanavian name. I actually never thought of Axe or Axle wheel. Either way, i still love this name and the other spelling, Aksel. Really masculine name.

clairels Says:


My great-grandfather was Norwegian and named Axel, which is one of the reasons I'm really coming around to this name, though when I first heard it I was like "what?" It's badass but still accessible. Also I don't really watch The Middle but the boy on that show is kinda hot.

clairels Says:


I love Axelle. There was a girl in my French class who took this as her French name. I have no idea how it ended up on the list since it's actually quite uncommon in France.

cabosanmucus Says:


I'm warming up to Axel too. It's strong yet soft! Such as Thor.

EW314 Says:


I really like this name. It's got such a bold, spiky sound but such a beautiful, soft meaning. I'm a sucker for Scandinavian names and this is one of the most transferable. Not at all too try-hard - it's a great name!

I quite like the Axl spelling too but that would cause no end of misspellings so I'd stick to Axel.

nipnerb Says:


Sorry to pop your tire...

nipnerb Says:


Axe, Axle, why do we name are childeren after objects?

nipnerb Says:


You and me both.

Michaela Says:


axle |ˈaksəl| noun
meaning: a rod or spindle (either fixed or rotating) passing through the center of a wheel or group of wheels: [ as modifier ] : axle grease | axle loads.

I can't get behind this.

headintheclouds Says:


This is a nice name, sounds very exotic-European and "cool" with the lively -x sound in it. This spelling Axel is the only tolerable one in my opinion- naming your son the Axl version would be terrible in my book, unless you are a rock star, a celebrity or European. My first impression of Axel, though, will always be the axle, as in wheel. Plus I prefer the similar-sounding but more gentle Ansel to Axel.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


For a girl, I'd use the feminine form, Axelle.

wafflerofls Says:


i love this name!!!! i also think it could work as a girl name, but she would have to have the right personality

_NorthStar_ Says:


It looks like your trying way too hard to be *cool*....and that's not how cool is accomplished.

It also reminds if the character from that cheesy triple x movie, even though his name was Xander Cage. Same deal though....I think if you're going to actually name your child seems you expect him to be a *certain type of man*...which really leaves no room for him to be his own person. Seems an unfair burden.

SweetPraline Says:


There aren't many names I dislike, but I really hate this one for some reason. All I can think of is 'wheel and axle', so it just looks like someone misspelled an actual word and used it as a random name one day.

mabespark Says:


I'm starting to like it.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I know a little boy named Axel and he is such a cute kid. He is always happy and smiling :)

Hydra Says:


I love Axel. I want to go to Scandinavia purely for the selfish reason of marrying someone with this name. Well, actually, the same goes for most Scandinavian names. I like many of them.

lesliemarion Says:


I think it's fine in Scandinavia, but in the US it still conjures up a cruel and creepy blonde man with more hair than wit.

Sweekune Says:


I adore this name. Axel is the name of one of my favourite book characters as a child. It will always have a place in my heart. It's Germanic and rough but underneath it's sleek and masculine.