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From Middle English athel, hathel (“noble", also "nobleman, hero”), from Old English æþele (“noble, eminent, aristocratic, excellent, famous, glorious, splendid, fine, costly, valuable, vigorous, lusty, young, pleasant, sweet-smelling, natural, congenial, suitable”), from Proto-Germanic *aþalaz, *aþaljaz, *aþiluz (“noble, of noble birth”), from Proto-Indo-European *átta (“father”). Akin to Old Frisian eþel, Dutch edel, German edel. Middle English form hathel due to conflation with Old English hæleþ (“hero”). See heleth.

  1. (obsolete) A chief or lord.
  2. (Britain dialectal, Scotland) A prince or noble.

From Arabic أثل

  1. A kind of tamarisk native to northern Africa and the Middle East, Tamarix aphylla, planted widely elsewhere as a shade tree and a windbreak due to its tolerance of heat and of alkaline soils, but tending to become invasive outside of its native range.

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    Fun Facts about the name Athel

    • How Popular is the name Athel? Athel is the 20,602nd most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Athel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 334 babies born with the first name Athel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Athel to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Athel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Athel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Athel is Sunday, December 1st, 1872.
    • What year had the most people named Athel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Athel was in 1917 with a total of 15 babies.
    • Random Athel Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Athel is not a popular baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1920.
    • Weird things about the name Athel: Your name in reverse order is Lehta. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elhta. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Athel born Feb 7, 1932

    I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Korea approximately on 750. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

    You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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