Abel Name Meaning

Common European surname: from the personal name Abel, which is of Biblical origin and was used as a Christian name in many countries of Europe. In the Book of Genesis Abel is a son of Adam, murdered by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:1–8). In Christian tradition he is regarded as representative of suffering innocence. The Hebrew form of the name is Hevel, from a vocabulary word meaning ‘breath’. German: from the personal name Abel, a pet form of Albrecht (see Albert).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Habel, Babel, Abele, Axel, Gabel, Aubel, Apel, Adel, Fabel, Kabel

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Abel Family Origin

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Abel Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    18%
  • Cultivateur

    12%
  • Journalier

    10%
  • Carpenter

    5%

In 1881, Farmer, Cultivateur and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Abel. A less common occupation for the Abel family was Carpenter. The most common Abel occupation in Canada was Farmer. 18% of Abel's were Farmers.

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Abel Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, Abel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Abel in 1942 was 32, and 75 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Abel

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