Given Name ABEL

GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: აბელ (Georgian), הֶבֶל (Ancient Hebrew), Αβελ (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: AY-bəl (English), A-BEL (French), a-BEL (Spanish, European Portuguese), a-BEW (Brazilian Portuguese)  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Hebrew name הֶבֶל (Hevel) meaning "breath". In the Old Testament he is the second son of Adam and Eve, murdered out of envy by his brother Cain. In England, this name came into use during the Middle Ages, and it was common during the Puritan era.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Hevel (Biblical Hebrew), Aapeli (Finnish), Hebel, Hevel (Hebrew), Ábel (Hungarian), Abele (Italian)


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Entry updated May 31, 2018