Axel Family History
Axel Name Meaning
Danish and North German: from the personal name Axel from Apsel an obsolete vernacular form of the Biblical name Absolom. In North America this surname is also a shortened form of the Scandinavian patronymics from the personal name Axel such as Danish and Norwegian Axelsen . English: variant of Axell itself a variant of Axtell or Askell. The former is from the Middle English personal name Asketill (Old Norse Ásketill) or a metonymic occupational name for a salt merchant (from Middle English Hakkesalt composed of the elements hakken ‘to hack chop’ + salt ‘salt’). The latter is from the Middle English personal name Askell (Old Norse Áskell a shortened form of Ásketill).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022