\ ˈā-bəl \

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\ ˈā-bəl \

In the biblical Book of Genesis, Abel was the second son of Adam and Eve, and the brother of Cain.

Abel was murdered by his jealous brother. Cain was envious of Abel because God favored Abel’s sacrifices over Cain’s.

Meaning of Abel

Abel means “breath,” “vapor” or “son.”

Image: Peter Paul Rubens – Cain slaying Abel, 1608-1609 (Public Domain)

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Meaning, "white."

Feminine name. Italian origin.


Feminine name. Italian origin.

Meaning, "white."

Name Overview



Abel is a male name.


Abel is a Hebrew name which is featured in the Book of Genesis of the Bible.

Alternate Spellings & Translations

Able, Aapeli (Finnish), Hevel (Hebrew), Abele (Italian), Habil (Turkish), Ável(Greek).


“By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.” – Hebrews 11:4

Famous / Notable People with This Name

Abel Hernandez (soccer player), Abel P. Upshur (American lawyer, judge and politician), Abel Pintos (Singer), Abel Kirui (runner), Abel Laudonio (boxer), Abel of Denmark (Danish monarch), Abel Tasman (Dutch explorer).

Name Stats

According to namestatistics.com, 0.019% of males in the United States are named Abel.