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Gender: Male Meaning of Axel: "father of peace" Origin of Axel: Scandinavian variation of Absalom Axel's Popularity in 2017: #105

The name Axel is a boy's name of German, Scandinavian origin meaning "father of peace". Axel is ranked #105 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "vintage 3 generation CAF".

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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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Famous People Named Axel

Axel Springer, German journalist and publisher
(Hans) Axel von Fersen the Younger, Swedish soldier and statesman; lover of Marie Antoinette of France
Axel Gustafsson Oxenstierna, Count of Södermöre, Swedish statesman
Axel Patricio Fernando Witteveen Pardo, Argentine singer-songwriter
Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel, Belgian footballer
Axel Brauns, German writer and filmmaker
Axel Rodrigues de Arruda, Brazilian footballer
Axel Cristóbal Jodorowsky, Chilean-British actor
Axel Kicillof, Argentine economist and politician
Axel Reymond, French marathon swimmer
Axel Tuanzebe, Congolese-British footballer
Axel Rudi Pell, German guitarist of band Steeler
Axel Nelson (b. 1990), son of actor John Allen Nelson
Axel Saint-Germain-Rousseau (b. 2008), son of actor Stéphane Rousseau
Axel Nurmenkari (b. 2009), son of figure skater Ari-Pekka Nurmenkari
Axel Paulin Ferrell (b. 2010), son of actor Will Ferrell
Axel Lee McElhenney (b. 2010), son of actors Kaitlin Olson and Robert Dale McElhenney
Axel Eaves (b. 2013), son of ice hockey player Patrick Eaves
Axel Bridges Willis (b. 2015), son of TV fitness trainers Michelle Bridges and Steve Willis
Axel Rain Green (b. 2016), son of ice hockey player Mike Green
Axel James Brush (b. 2017), son of American reality television star Maddie Brown Brush
Axel Strahl Meyers (b.2018), son of comedian Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe
Axel Charles Bale (b. 2018), son of footballer Gareth Bale
Charlie Axel Woods (b. 2009), son of golfer Tiger Woods

Richard Axel, American biologist; winner of the Nobel Prize

Pop Culture References for the name Axel

Axel Mortmain, Character in 'The Infernal Devices' Series by Cassandra Clare
Axel von dem Busche, character in film "The Plot to Kill Hitler"
Axel, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Axël d'Auersperg, main character in play "Axël" by Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam
Axel, deceased king in the "Blood of Kings" trilogy by Jill Williamson
Axel, character in video game "Kingdom Hearts"
Axel Heck, eldest son on TV's 'The Middle'
Axel, main character in Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth
Axel Rex, character in Vladimir Nabokov's "Laughter in the Dark"
Axel Heyst, character in Joseph Conrad's "Victory"
Axel Foley, leading character in the film Beverly Hills Cop
Axel Thurston, character in the anime series Eureka Seven
Axel Brodie, character in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
Axel Palmer, character in the 1981 film My Bloody Valentine and remake
Axel, playable character from the Twisted Metal vehicular combat video game series
Axel, elephant character from the Animal Crossing video game series
Axel, playable character from the Crazy Taxi series
Axel, character in the Suikoden game series
Axel, Guardian of The Sanctuary of Water and Ice in Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Axel, "Dark Hero", a character from the video game Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
Axel Dark-Key, villain of Ape Escape Million Monkeys
Axel Hawk, character from the video game series Fatal Fury
Axel Steel, character in the Guitar Hero video game series
Axel Stone, character from the Streets of Rage video game series
Axel jump, type of jump in figure skating
Axel Download Accelerator, download manager for Linux
Axel Walker aka Trickster, character on TV's "The Flash"
Axel, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Axel Jordache, character in Irwin Shaw's "Rich Man, Poor Man"
Axel, Netherlands
Prince Axel, older brother to the character Prince Hugo in the Disney Junior TV series "Sofia the First"

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

Axel's International Variations

Aksel (Norwegian) Akseli (Finnish)