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Abel is a first name typically given to boys, but in rare cases also used as a girls name.

Abel – known and loved in the US!

The name Abel isn’t among the current fashionable names in our top 10 stats, but nonetheless, it’s still very popular and common. In our SmartGenius ranking of all boys names, Abel ranks 155. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 14 were named Abel. In the entire USA, approximately 57,200 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Abel. That is 0.02 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Abel mean?

Abel is derived from the Hebrew word ‘Hevel’, which means ‘breath’ or ‘vanity.’ In the Bible, Abel was the second son of Adam and Eve, and the first recorded murder victim.The name has been used over the years to symbolize innocence, frailty and sacrifice.

Abel was a shepherd, ... while his older brother Cain was a farmer. Abel's offering to God of the firstlings of his flock was accepted, while Cain's mediocre offering of the fruit of the ground was not. In jealousy, Cain killed Abel.

Abel -
evergreen, but special

For more than 140 years, parents decide to name their son Abel annualy. This means that there have been boys named Abel who witnessed the first Labor Day parade in the U.S. or followed Albert Einstein's career. The name has 'always been there', but never ranked in the top 100, and thus men named Abel have consistently been special. Since 2000, however, the name has experienced a certain popularity: in 2015, it holds its present record of #123 in the list of the most popular boys' names.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Abel was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

How popular was Abel 2022 among young parents?

Abel has never been ranked higher than #123. In 2022, he rivaled the 210 names that preceded him on the list. In total, 1,760 boys named Abel were born in this year. For comparison: 30 years earlier, in 1992, when possibly the parents of the now very young Abel were born, there have been 631 newborns who received this name.

Abel -
very special and well known across the entire USA

Everyone knows him, everyone loves him and still he’s different from the mainstream: Abel occurs in every single state of the U.S. This may sound quite unspectacular at first, but in fact, of the nearly 50,000 different male first names that occur in the USA, only 386 are recorded in each individual state, so the name Abel is definitely something very special. However, at the same time, since the name does not appear in the top 100 most common first names in any single state, Abel is not one of those names that everyone encounters in his neighbourhood, but stands out from the crowd, captures attention and is something special without being strange or unknown. From Alaska to Florida, a total of 57,200 men and boys of all generations bear the name Abel – that is one in 2,918. However, there are considerable regional differences – the name is far more popular than average in New Mexico, where one in 400 men and boys is called Abel, while it is particularly rare in Rhode Island, where you have to ask an average of 13,115 men for their name to get Abel as an answer once.

Abel has 4 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is a very popular first letter for boys’ names. That’s because 9.0% of all common boys’ names in the US begin with this letter. Only the first letter J is more common for boys' names.

With four letters, the name Abel is shorter than most other given names. In fact, only 5.5% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly four letters. Just 1.2% of all first names are even shorter, while 93% consist of more than four letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 9.0% of all boys' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs nearly three times as often as all other letters on average. And by the way: Of all the boys' names that start with an A, Anthony is the most common.

Other names with 
A, b, e and l

If you take all the letters in the name Abel – A, b, e and l – and put them together again, you can form other names, such as Able or others.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Abel

If your name is Abel and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Abel

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Abel, you can simply say:





This is how the name Abel is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Abel in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Abel

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Abel is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Abel

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Abel sounds like this: