US Popularity:410
Meaning:Breath, vapor
Abel is a boy’s name that has the unique position of being both unusual as a given name and yet well-known and much-loved throughout history, especially during the Middle Ages. A deeply spiritual name for Jewish parents, Abel is of Hebrew origins. In the Hebrew Bible, it is infamously the name of Adam and Eve’s son, a favorite of God who is slain by his brother Cain. Refreshingly, Abel doesn’t mean anything so sinister. Instead, it means “breath” or “vapor,” a calming association that will remind baby Abel of the powerful life force within him.

Famous People Named Abel

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Abel Fernandez
    TV Actor
  • Abel Ferrara
  • Abel James Arnett
    Son of Will Arnett

Abel Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Abel is currently #485 on The Bump
Boy:Abel is currently #133 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Abel is currently #410 in U.S. births
Boy:Abel is currently #145 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 19
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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