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The first name 

Abel is a male first name. In very rare cases it is also used for girls.

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 158. Recently, out of every 10,000 newborn boys, approximately 14 were named Abel. In the entire USA, approximately 55,478 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 #124 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 2021 among young parents?

Abel has never been ranked higher than #124. In 2021, he rivaled the 193 names that preceded him on the list. In total, 1,947 boys named Abel were born in this year. For comparison: 30 years earlier, in 1991, when possibly the parents of the now very young Abel were born, there have been 623 newborns who received this name.

Abel -
at home in every state from California to New York

The name Abel may not be in the top rankings of the most popular boys’ names, but it is one of the few male given names, along with only 385 others, that can be found in every single state in the U.S. from Alaska to Florida and from California to New York. Of course, the name occurs more frequently in some states than in others – and Abel is apparently especially popular in New Mexico. Although the name is not one of the top 100 most popular men’s names here either, one in 830 men in New Mexico is called Abel. In total, that’s 1,108 people who feel addressed when the name Abel is shouted loudly across New Mexico and who ensure that their name makes it to #202 in our SmartGenius ranking of the most common male names in this nice state. If you asked all people in the entire U.S. for their first name, you would hear Abel as the answer a total of 55,478 times. This places Abel at #403 in our SmartGenius statistics for the most popular male names in the whole of the USA. This is true for all currently living people across all states and age groups – the recent popularity of the name Abel as a baby name is, of course, a bit different, as you can see from the statistics above.

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: