Abel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Abel

Abel

Pronunciation: AY-bəl (key)

Origin of the name Abel:

Derived from the Hebrew hebel (breath). Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve, was a shepherd whose sacrifice of a lamb was more pleasing to God than the offering of fruits and vegetables by his eldest brother,Cain. He was killed by Cain in a fit of jealous rage.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Son of Adam and Eve, shepherd, slain by brother Cain out of envy
Abel Pacheco de la Espriella, President of Costa Rica.
Abel Gance, French film director.
Abel Tasman, Dutch navigator and explorer who discovered Tasmania, New Zealand, and the Tonga and Fiji Islands -- Tasmania was named in his honor.
Niels Henrik Abel, Norwegian mathematician. The Abel Prize, an international mathematics prize, is named in his honor.
Abel Maldonado, American politician and former Lt. Governor of California.
Saint Abel of Reims, 8th century abbot and Bishop of Reims, France.
Abel Ferrara, American film director

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In Daniel Quinn's Ishmael, the biblical Abel story is framed as "leaver propoganda."
In Daniel Quinn's Stories Of Adam, Abel is the son of hunter-gatherer Adam, who communicates to him stories to illustrate the law of nature.
Abel Magwitch, fictional character in Charles Dickens’ novel Great Expectations.
Abel's Island, Newbery award winning children's novel written and illustrated by William Steig.
Abel Teller, Jackson Teller's son on the show Sons of Anarachy
Abel "the riverton ripper" plenkov serial killer in my soul to take

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