Abel

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50k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Abel mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Abel

"Abel" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "A breath". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Old Testament) Cain and Abel were the first children of Adam and Eve born after the Fall of Man; Abel was killed by Cain
  2. Norwegian mathematician (1802-1829)
Wiktionary

From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek, from Hebrew הֶבֶל (hével, “breath, vapor; vanity”) or from Akkadian [script needed] (ablu, “son”).

  1. The son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother Cain.
  2. A male given name.

Abel was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, French, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Abel

Abel Tasman was a navigator, exploration, and explorer. Abel was born in 1603 in Lutjegast. He passed away on October 10th, 1659.

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Abel Hernández is a soccer player for the Hull City A.F.C., Peñarol, Central Español, U.S. Città di Palermo, Uruguay national under-20 football team, Uruguay Olympic football team, and Uruguay national football team. Abel was born on August 8th, 1990 in Pando, Uruguay. Abel is also known as Hernández Platero and Abel Mathías.

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Abel Ferrara is a director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, cinematographer, and film director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to present. Abel was born on July 19th, 1951 in The Bronx, New York City, U.S. Abel is also known as Jimmy Laine.

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Abel was born on September 18th, 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Abel Meeropol was an actor and song writer. He was most active from 1944 to present. Abel was born on February 14th, 1903 in New York City, New York. U.S. Abel is also known as Lewis Allan. He breathed his last breath on October 29th, 1986.

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Abel Xavier is a soccer player for the Mozambique national football team, C.F. Estrela da Amadora, S.L. Benfica, F.C. Bari 1908, Real Oviedo, PSV Eindhoven, Everton F.C., Liverpool F.C., Galatasaray S.K. (football), Hannover 96, A.S. Roma, Middlesbrough F.C., LA Galaxy, and Portugal national under. Abel was born on November 30th, 1972 in Nampula.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Abel

Jake Abel is an actor, model, and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Jake was given the name Jacob Allen Abel on November 18th, 1987 in Canton, Ohio, U.S.

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Niels Henrik Abel was a scientist in the field of mathematics. Niels was born on August 5th, 1802 in Nedstrand. He left this life on April 6th, 1829.

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Excision is a dubstep, drum, bass, and moombahton record producer and performing arts. He plays Digital audio workstation. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2004. Excision was given the name Jeff Abel . Excision is also known as Excision, Destroid, and Destroid (withDownlinkandKJ Sawka).

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Cain and Abel is a comics character.

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Sid Abel was a hockey player. His career lasted from 1938 to 1954. Sid was born on February 22nd, 1918 in Melville, Saskatchewan. He breathed his last breath on February 8th, 2000.

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Walter Abel was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1918 to 1918. Walter was born on June 6th, 1898 in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. He passed away on March 26th, 1987.

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How popular is the baby name Abel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 9 0 9
1881 12 0 12
1882 10 0 10
1883 12 0 12
1884 14 0 14
1885 6 0 6
1886 16 0 16
1887 11 0 11
1888 8 0 8
1889 9 0 9
1890 14 0 14
1891 10 0 10
1892 8 0 8
1893 13 0 13
1894 15 0 15
1895 6 0 6
1896 15 0 15
1897 12 0 12
1898 10 0 10
1899 15 0 15
1900 15 0 15
1901 13 0 13
1902 11 0 11
1903 14 0 14
1904 10 0 10
1905 6 0 6
1906 11 0 11
1907 10 0 10
1908 15 0 15
1909 16 0 16
1910 11 0 11
1911 30 0 30
1912 40 0 40
1913 48 0 48
1914 51 0 51
1915 64 0 64
1916 62 0 62
1917 86 0 86
1918 76 0 76
1919 91 0 91
1920 79 0 79
1921 84 0 84
1922 91 0 91
1923 73 0 73
1924 110 0 110
1925 83 0 83
1926 101 0 101
1927 79 0 79
1928 85 0 85
1929 95 0 95
1930 123 0 123
1931 93 0 93
1932 94 0 94
1933 96 0 96
1934 94 0 94
1935 92 0 92
1936 75 0 75
1937 91 0 91
1938 87 0 87
1939 95 0 95
1940 101 0 101
1941 121 0 121
1942 106 0 106
1943 91 0 91
1944 118 0 118
1945 113 0 113
1946 117 0 117
1947 146 0 146
1948 151 0 151
1949 161 0 161
1950 170 0 170
1951 183 0 183
1952 162 0 162
1953 218 0 218
1954 224 0 224
1955 215 0 215
1956 214 0 214
1957 234 0 234
1958 240 0 240
1959 225 0 225
1960 249 0 249
1961 280 0 280
1962 259 0 259
1963 273 0 273
1964 274 0 274
1965 280 0 280
1966 257 0 257
1967 252 0 252
1968 266 0 266
1969 277 0 277
1970 283 0 283
1971 310 0 310
1972 322 0 322
1973 360 0 360
1974 330 0 330
1975 387 5 382
1976 395 0 395
1977 347 0 347
1978 371 0 371
1979 435 6 429
1980 480 5 475
1981 484 6 478
1982 467 0 467
1983 435 9 426
1984 426 0 426
1985 461 0 461
1986 487 5 482
1987 462 5 457
1988 518 5 513
1989 550 8 542
1990 612 7 605
1991 623 0 623
1992 631 0 631
1993 625 5 620
1994 584 0 584
1995 717 0 717
1996 606 0 606
1997 718 0 718
1998 668 0 668
1999 711 0 711
2000 763 0 763
2001 733 0 733
2002 774 0 774
2003 760 5 755
2004 797 6 791
2005 855 0 855
2006 923 0 923
2007 940 0 940
2008 864 0 864
2009 969 5 964
2010 1,126 0 1,126
2011 1,512 8 1,504
2012 1,946 0 1,946
2013 2,241 7 2,234
2014 2,562 0 2,562
2015 3,245 10 3,235
2016 3,033 6 3,027
2017 2,686 0 2,686

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Popularity of Abel as a first name

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Popularity of Abel as a last name

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Common last names for Abel

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  • Gonzales
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Abel U.S.
  White 88.24% 64.26%
  African American 4.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Abel

People with the last name Abel are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Abel

  • What name lists does Abel rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Abel? Abel is the 1,000th most popular name of all time. As a last name Abel was the 1,958th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Abel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 50,236 babies born with the first name Abel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Abel to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Abel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Abel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Abel is Thursday, December 30th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Abel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Abel was in 2015 with a total of 3,235 babies. That's a lot of babies named Abel!
  • Random Abel Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Abel ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 54 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Abel: Your name in reverse order is Leba. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ebal. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Abel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,464 people with the last name Abel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Abel? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Abel as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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