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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Breath

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Abel

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Abel in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Abel:

  • Records indicate that 36,268 boys in the United States have been named Abel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 1,931 people in the U.S. were given the name Abel. Those people are now 8 years old.

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    Comments about the name Abel

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      18 Positive Comments

  • "My fiance and I just confirmed were expecting even after several NEGATIVE pregnancy tests early on, I was just convinced I was pregnant and am just as certain it is a boy. I literally ONLY threw out ONE name, "Abel" and there was absolutely no discussion past that needed. This is such a fantastic, strong, and under used name. I cannot wait to use it, and we have e chosen Michael as the middle name as that is my fiance's middle and my brother whom essentially raised me's first name. Overjoyed and honestly more than proud to say "Abel," when anyone asks potential names. Most people say that they really like it and wouldn't have thought of it to use." Jul. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Abel, after his grandfather Abelardo. We love the name, though I've noticed on this forum people are confused about the Hebrew translation to breath... It is not really meant like your "breath" but more like nothingness or ephemeral... Not really a very positive meaning, but that has no bearing on why we chose the name. We like that it's a unique and strong name for a boy" Apr. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it because people remember my name easily, but sometimes hasn't work in my favor. I rarely meet other people with my name, so I have never had a friend with my name.I've met Hispanic people, African, and American with these name. Other people commenting on "foreigners" not pronouncing it right, it is because that is how they might pronounce it in their language. Most cultures that are predominately christian/catholic know the name even thought is not popularly used. The worst thing is like the other commenter said people generally think they are hilarious when they ask you if you have a brother named Cain, but they are mostly old people not my age or younger, thankfully. The misspelling doesn't bother me because in English is very similar to pronouncing able, so it is understandable, and to be honest, how much can you possibly misspell a named made up of 4 letters. I actually wish it was more popular because I hate being always the only one in groups something other people seem to want to avoid." Mar. 7, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend abl yes not able he was my beat friend but had to move so now I miss him very very very much so now the name abl is very special to me and my heart so I love the name abl" Nov. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Abel he was born in October 2012. In response to the comment on the first murderer in history... get your facts straight it was Cain that killed Abel not the other way around!!! Abel is a precious name but me and my husband gave him the first name of Christopher so when he gets older and thinks Abel is too babyish he can use first name instead of his middle name we call him." May. 20, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend likes this name, I have 3 other kids and all their names start with A, so I guess I like it. Not as unique as I wanted to be. Then again I dont know any Abel." May. 8, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have named my first born son Abel. To me, it's very under used as I've never met someone with the name Abel, but it still is familiar. Other than the obvious biblical association, the main reason I named my son this is so he has a name with a positive connotation. He can say things like "my name is Abel, and I'm able to accomplish the task" or, "my name is Abel, and I'm very capable". That's my reasoning. I'm sure he'll get some teasing but really, any name you name your child, some other child will figure out a way to make fun of it, it's just the way it is. Hope this helps!" Oct. 21, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Abel i love the name my partner said about naming our unborn child it and we are both so happy with it dont know anyone else with the name" Jun. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a little boy called malachi and im thinking of nameing my next little boy thats due abel. because im trying to find a name thats differnt and unique but not too strange!" Mar. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend who has the name Abel i totally love it and i wish to date him one day actually" Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. My son's name is Abel Ellingsen _______, my father's name is Abel Ellingsen _______, my grandfather's name is Abel Magnus_________ and I think his father's name was Abel as well. I also have a a lot of cousins and nephew's with the name of Abel for a first or middle name. Another popular name in our family is Finn." Oct. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Abel. He was born 12 weeks early. He needed a strong breath, and Abel means breath... It worked, he is growing well and very healthy. I believe it is a strong name. It is unique without being 'strange'. I don't have a problem with people pronouncing it wrong... just spelling it wrong (able)." Jun. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its my name, and i think its great. And may 12 person, caine and abel just dont mix." Jun. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hope to name my first son this, as it goes with his father's name, caine....." May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is the best name i ever know, even it is not my name." Dec. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "it is the best name i ever know, even it is not my name." Dec. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "" I had a twin brother called Abel. He was named after my grandpa on my Mom's side. He was French and it was pronounced " Ah -bell.." or A-bell. My brother didn't mind. I've never met another person with the name. I guess it is still a unique name." Nov. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Abelino, pronounced Ahh-bell-eee-no. It is spanish for Abel, from the bible. It is his great-grandfather's name, and we love it! It is different, and people of other cultures have problems pronouncing it. O-well, at least it is not often heard." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Abel and I hate it. Whenever I introduce myself people say "what?", but it doesn't happen when I use any other name." May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "don't like kaine (that's how i'd spell it) either!!!" Feb. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "It is my husband's name, his father's name too, I have a cowowrker named Abel, and one of my good friends from Texas got married to an Abel too:)" Jul. 14, 2016: Report as inappropriate


  • "I love the name my son's name is Abel Nathaniel and Abel means breath Nathaniel means given by god so togeather he is breath given by god. Love love love the name." Sep. 11, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Iam planning to put this name for my baby, i like it and i dont know how it strike my mind from my first trimester onwards..." Jan. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I accidentally reported the comment made on May 13th as inappropriate - sorry - it isn't!" Nov. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Abel, and I've never met another. People spell it wrong constantly (even relatives), and pronounce it wrong fairly often as well. If I had a nickel for every time I've been asked if I had a brother named Cain I'd be a wealthy man (and if I had another nickel for every time the inquirer thought this was a very original piece of wit I'd be twice as rich). My last name is "Winn," so you can guess how often my name was punned on growing up. Yes, bearing the name Abel is a trial, but it's been worth it. I enjoy having a unique name, and I'm easy to find in a google search." Aug. 2, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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