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Origin and Meaning of Axle

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  • According to a user from Indiana, United States, the name Axle is of English origin and means "A good dog".
  • According to a user from New York, United States, the name Axle is of Yoruba origin and means "Half Dragon".
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noun Ax"le
  1. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  3. An axis; as, the sun's axle ."Had from her axle torn The steadfast earth." [Milton.]

Note: ☞ Railway axles are called leading and trailing from their position in the front or in the rear of a car or truck respectively.

Etymology: OE. axel exel, shoulder, AS. eaxl; akin to AS. eax axle, Sw. & Dan. axel shoulder, axle, G. achse axle, achsel shoulder, L. axis axle, Gr. 'a`xwn, Skr. aksha, L. axilla shoulder joint: cf. F. essieu, axle, OF. aissel, fr. dim. of L. axis. √205. Cf. 2d Axis

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  1. A shaft on which a wheel rotates

From Middle English axle, eaxle, from Old English eaxl (“shoulder, armpit”), from Proto-Germanic *ahslō (“shoulder”), from Proto-Indo-European *aḱs- (“armpit”). Cognate with East Frisian acsle (“shoulder”), Dutch oksel (“armpit”), German Achsel (“armpit”), Swedish axel (“shoulder”), Latin axilla (“armpit”), Latin axis (“axle”), Greek άξονας (áxonas, “axle”), Sanskrit अक्ष (ákṣa, “axle”), Sanskrit कक्ष (kakṣá, “room, armpit”), Russian ось (osʹ, “axle”).

  1. (obsolete) Shoulder.

A combination of Old English eax and Old Norse öxull.

  1. The pin or spindle on which a wheel revolves, or which revolves with a wheel.
  2. A transverse bar or shaft connecting the opposite wheels of a car or carriage; an axletree.
  3. An axis; as, the Sun’s axle.

    Notable Persons Named Axle

    Axle Whitehead is an alternative rock actor, singing, and musician. He was most active from 2003 to present. Axle was born Axle Whitehead on December 16th, 1980 in Melbourne.


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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1989 12 0 12
    1990 9 0 9
    1994 5 0 5
    1995 6 0 6
    1997 5 0 5
    2003 5 0 5
    2004 5 0 5
    2005 13 0 13
    2006 12 0 12
    2007 16 0 16
    2008 8 0 8
    2009 23 0 23
    2010 35 0 35
    2011 40 0 40
    2012 59 0 59
    2013 59 0 59
    2014 109 0 109
    2015 126 0 126
    2016 132 0 132
    2017 135 0 135
    * Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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    Fun Facts about the name Axle

    • How Popular is the name Axle? Axle is the 12,013th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Axle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 814 babies born with the first name Axle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Axle to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Axle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
    • When was Axle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Axle is Monday, March 2nd, 1885.
    • What year had the most people named Axle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Axle was in 2017 with a total of 135 babies.
    • Random Axle Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Axle is not a popular baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 2015.
    • Weird things about the name Axle: Your name in reverse order is Elxa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Exla. How do you pronounce that?

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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