Abel - boys name

Abel name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 96%

Abel name meaning:

The name Abel has biblical origins and holds significant meaning. Derived from the Hebrew name 'Hevel', which means 'breath' or 'vanity', the name Abel is commonly associated with the story of Cain and Abel from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. Abel, the younger son of Adam and Eve, was a shepherd who offered a sacrifice to God that was pleasing and accepted. His name signifies the fleeting nature of life and the brevity of human existence.

Symbolically, the name Abel represents humility, righteousness, and faithfulness. It is often seen as a name associated with kindness, gentleness, and a peaceful nature. Abel's story also serves as a reminder of the consequences of envy and strife, as Cain became consumed by jealousy and ultimately murdered his brother.

In modern times, the name Abel is still used frequently, reflecting its timeless significance and enduring appeal. It continues to embody virtues such as goodness, spirituality, and integrity, making it a desirable choice for parents seeking a name with deep meaning for their child.

Origin: Hebrew

Breath, son, breathing spirit. In the Old Testament, Abel was the son of Adam and Eve who was killed by his brother Cain in a fit of jealousy.


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Abel , Abela, Apela

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Overall UK ranking: 178 out of 4789

301 recorded births last year

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  • Scotland (199)

Historical popularity of Abel

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