The name was first used by English speakers in the Middle Ages. After the Reformation, it was adopted by the Puritans, who also used Nab as a pet form. Known as a pre-Christian martyr, Abel is invoked by Catholics as a saint in the litany for the dying. In literature, the name is borne by Abel Drugger, nicknamed Nab, in Ben Jonson's comedy The Alchemist (1610), and Abel Magwitch in Charles Dickens' novel Great Expectations (1860-61). The name Abelia (French) is the female version of Abel.
In addition, Abel is a contraction of the name Abelard (English).
See also the related form, the name Abelard.
Abel is a popular baby boy name, and it is also considered trendy. The name has been increasing in popularity since the 1900s. At the modest height of its usage in 2015, 0.159% of baby boys were given the name Abel. It had a ranking of #125 then. Within all boy names in its family, Abel was the most widely used in 2015.
† Pronunciation for Abel: EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
A famous person named Abel is Explorer, Abel Tasman, born 1603 - 10 October 1659, Lutjegast, Dutch Republic.