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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Man of Peace

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Axel

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

A few facts about the boy's name Axel:

  • Records indicate that 20,151 boys in the United States have been named Axel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2011, when 3,026 people in the U.S. were given the name Axel. Those people are now 9 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Axel

    88% Approval Rating
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      14 Positive Comments

  • "During the 2010 Winter Olympics we saw a Skier from a Nordic country with the name Axel. It was the first time seeing that (not counting Axl Rose because that was a stage name and spelled differently). In 2012 named our son Axel. No one had heard of it. Now all of a sudden we run into other boys w the name Axel everywhere. Maybe we just notice it more, but my other 2 children have more unique (but not made up, more older) names and I hardly see their names. I?m wondering what suddenly made this name increase in popularity. Was it the same Skier?" Jan. 9, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Axel. Third in my family to have the name. My son is the fourth. Goes back to Sweden where it's the equivalent in popularity to Christopher. Means much to me and those that came before and hopefully continue until there is no more need of us in the world." Oct. 27, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Axel Wayne is my sons name he was born 9-11-14 and my mom is the only person who seemed to have a problem with his super badass name. Except when I was still pregnant and told people his name they compared him to car parts or like ohh Axle Rose! His name totally fits him and everyone falls in love with an Axle!" Jul. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Naming my son Axel Zane!( if its a the Kingdom Hearts guy..our first sons name is Roxas so of course we have to now go with" Oct. 10, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm currently pregnant and we've chosen this name if we have a little boy! It is strong, cool and different. We didn't want a boring little name that every other kid has. Yes, we are massive Guns N Roses fans but we like the name in its own right anyway. However, I wouldn't mind being named after one of the biggest rock stars, vocalists, song writers and poets ever! The name Axl\Axel rocks!!" May. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I'm older I want to name my son Axel Trent, I think that they're both strong names and that my future little boy will love it!" Apr. 17, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will have a baby boy this May, and I love the idea to name him Axel. This name sounds pretty cool to me, and it is not a common name in Canada." Jan. 22, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree with the Kingdom Hearts dude, as well as my own reason. It is unique and I discovered is used in a really, REALLY old movie-like 1960s. How cool is that?" Dec. 19, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am due to have a baby boy April 5, 2011 and his name will be Axel. I searched and searched for a unique name for a very long time before falling in love with this one. for the lack of a better term the name Axel seems like a 'bad ass' name to me!" Feb. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 34-week pregnant but don't know the baby's gender yet as he/she always hides the spot every time I had sonograms. But I get very strong kicks & punches, sometimes I have to bend myself.... So I & my husband decided to name Aksel if the baby is a boy because it sounds very powerful & strong! I think it's very awesome name, though." Mar. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first son Aksel. Our second son is named Magnus. I convinced my wife to go with Norwegian names to complement our very Norwegian last name for that "just got off the boat" sound. We get a lot of positive comments about the names. Most people assume he is named after Axl Rose (Guns 'N' Roses). Others think of Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop) or Axel and His Dog (Twin Cities TV program from the 50s and 60s). The biggest drawback is that there are several ways to spell it (Axl, Axel, Axle, Aksel). We chose the longest and probably least common version. I'm sure he'll have to spell it out for people throughout his life. Some people see it and pronounce it as Askel (inverting k and s). We call him Aks for short. - Shane Fjerstad, Minnesota, USA"" Oct. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our first son Aksel. Our second son is named Magnus. I convinced my wife to go with Norwegian names to complement our very Norwegian last name for that "just got off the boat" sound. We get a lot of positive comments about the names. Most people assume he is named after Axl Rose (Guns 'N' Roses). Others think of Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop) or Axel and His Dog (a popular Twin Cities childrens television program in the 1950s and 1960s). The main drawback of the name is the various spellings (Axl, Axel, Axle, Aksel). We chose the longest and most unusual one, meaning he will always have to spell it for people. Sometimes people see it and pronounce it as askel (inverting the k and s). We call him Aks for short and some people call him Aksman for a nickname. - Shane Fjerstad, Minnesota, USA" Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name and I think it is very strong, quirky and suits his developing personality (he is 20 mths). People can be quite rude about it and make stupid jokes about axles and so forth. I ignore them!" Sep. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Axel is a cool name!! it's like off of Kingdom Hearts!!! I love it!!!" Sep. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "not good, bad name 0/10 would not read name again" May. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "why would you name your kid AXEL, name your pet axel, omg." Apr. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      4 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Nick and my first grandson is named Axel, Being 100% Italian I'm very old fashioned and I hated the Name Axel, But as soon as I saw my grandson and how beautiful he was and how great his personality is with infectious smile, I just melt, and I don't care if his name was Guber, all i see is Love , and an angel from Heaven. From the proudest grandpa on earth, Grandpa Nick" Dec. 20, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Axel. Young kids have a hard time with the X in the name, so it sounds like something they shouldn't be saying. I've had people just stare at me when they ask my son his name and he tries to say it. Most people laugh it off, but I have been judged by others because of it. People just have no sense of humor!" Oct. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Three years ago before i got married to my husband Alex if ever we will have a baby girl we should name her Axel for Alex and Shane for my name Sheila. And God is good i got pregnant last 2009 then i delivered a baby girl. i really name her Axel Shane. I like her name so much..." Apr. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "there was a kid at my camp a while back whos name was Axel he was annoying but i like the name" Apr. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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