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Axel

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34k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
670
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Axel

"Axel" is a name of Scandinavian origin, and it means "My father is peace". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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From Danish Aksel, first used for the bishop and statesman Absalon Hvide (1128-1201), from biblical Absalom. Some sources suggest that the bishop was originally named Áskell, from Old Norse "god" + "cauldron, helmet", and Absalon was chosen as the nearest-sounding Christian equivalent, leading to the exchange of the middle consonants.

  1. A male given name in quiet use since the 19th century.

Axel was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Axel

Axel Witsel is a soccer player for the FC Zenit Saint Petersburg, Standard Liège, S.L. Benfica, Belgium national youth football team, and Belgium national under-17 football team. Axel was born on January 12th, 1989 in Liège, Belgium.

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Axwell is a progressive house, electro house, and funky house dj, record producer, remixer, disc jockey, and remix. He has been prominent since 1995. Axwell was given the name Axel Christofer Hedfors on December 18th, 1977.

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Axel was born as the child of Count and Hedvig Catharina von Fersen on September 4th, 1755 in Stockholm. He passed away on June 20th, 1810.

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Axel Rudi Pell is a hard rock, heavy metal music, speed metal, power metal, and neoclassical metal musician. His ongoing career started in 1981. Axel was born on June 27th, 1960.

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Axel Foley is a police officer.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Axel

Curtis was born on October 1st, 1979 in Champlin, Minnesota. Curtis is also known as Hennig, Joseph; Hennig, Joe; McGillicutty, and Michael.

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Ian Axel is a pop music musician. He plays Vocals, piano, and ukulele. His ongoing career started in 2006. Ian was born on March 29th, 1985 in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, U.S.

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Richard Axel is a scientist in the field of neuroscience. Richard was born on July 2nd, 1946 in Brooklyn.

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He holds the title Prince Axel of Denmark and Iceland. Prince was born as the child of Prince Valdemar of Denmark and Princess Marie of Orléans (1865–1909) on August 12th, 1888 in Copenhagen. He breathed his last breath on July 14th, 1964.

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Gabriel Axel was a film director, actor, writer, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1945 to 2001. Gabriel was given the name Axel Gabriel Erik Mørch on April 18th, 1918 in Aarhus, Denmark. He left this life on February 9th, 2014.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 16 0 16
1881 14 0 14
1882 12 0 12
1883 12 0 12
1884 16 0 16
1885 16 0 16
1886 25 0 25
1887 18 0 18
1888 16 0 16
1889 18 0 18
1890 16 0 16
1891 17 0 17
1892 13 0 13
1893 23 0 23
1894 10 0 10
1895 20 0 20
1896 15 0 15
1897 17 0 17
1898 20 0 20
1899 14 0 14
1900 11 0 11
1901 6 0 6
1902 8 0 8
1903 10 0 10
1904 6 0 6
1905 8 0 8
1906 12 0 12
1907 11 0 11
1908 6 0 6
1909 8 0 8
1910 12 0 12
1911 11 0 11
1912 27 0 27
1913 21 0 21
1914 25 0 25
1915 49 0 49
1916 49 0 49
1917 36 0 36
1918 40 0 40
1919 21 0 21
1920 27 0 27
1921 41 0 41
1922 23 0 23
1923 24 0 24
1924 22 0 22
1925 33 0 33
1926 13 0 13
1927 23 0 23
1928 6 0 6
1929 20 0 20
1930 15 0 15
1931 8 0 8
1932 10 0 10
1934 8 0 8
1935 15 0 15
1936 11 0 11
1937 8 0 8
1938 6 0 6
1939 8 0 8
1940 5 0 5
1941 9 0 9
1942 9 0 9
1943 12 0 12
1944 8 0 8
1945 8 0 8
1946 7 0 7
1947 9 0 9
1948 5 0 5
1949 9 0 9
1950 14 0 14
1951 7 0 7
1952 11 0 11
1955 6 0 6
1956 9 0 9
1958 19 0 19
1959 19 0 19
1960 13 0 13
1961 18 0 18
1962 15 0 15
1963 12 0 12
1964 15 0 15
1965 15 0 15
1966 14 0 14
1967 12 0 12
1968 23 0 23
1969 30 0 30
1970 33 0 33
1971 19 0 19
1972 15 0 15
1973 20 0 20
1974 18 0 18
1975 17 0 17
1976 26 0 26
1977 24 0 24
1978 20 0 20
1979 29 0 29
1980 26 0 26
1981 25 0 25
1982 25 0 25
1983 29 0 29
1984 37 0 37
1985 36 0 36
1986 56 0 56
1987 49 0 49
1988 47 0 47
1989 114 0 114
1990 131 0 131
1991 151 0 151
1992 135 0 135
1993 124 0 124
1994 133 0 133
1995 145 0 145
1996 161 0 161
1997 170 0 170
1998 192 0 192
1999 191 0 191
2000 732 0 732
2001 1,277 5 1,272
2002 918 8 910
2003 807 0 807
2004 943 5 938
2005 1,056 9 1,047
2006 1,132 0 1,132
2007 1,207 11 1,196
2008 1,264 8 1,256
2009 1,330 11 1,319
2010 1,978 7 1,971
2011 3,045 10 3,035
2012 2,477 0 2,477
2013 2,430 5 2,425
2014 2,805 10 2,795
2015 3,248 12 3,236
2016 3,451 10 3,441

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Popularity of Axel as a first name

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Popularity of Axel as a last name

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Common last names for Axel

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Axel U.S.
  White 68.81% 64.26%
  African American 23.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Axel

People with the last name Axel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Axel

  • How Popular is the name Axel? Axel is the 1,276th most popular name of all time. As a last name Axel was the 33,941st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Axel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 33,657 babies born with the first name Axel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Axel to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Axel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
  • When was Axel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Axel is Wednesday, October 28th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Axel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Axel was in 2016 with a total of 3,441 babies. That's a lot of babies named Axel!
  • Random Axel Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Axel ranks 69th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 570 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Axel: Your name in reverse order is Lexa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lexa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Axel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 670 people with the last name Axel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Axel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Axel as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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