Name: Abel

Origin and Meaning of the Name Abel

  • Meaning:
    Breath
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (AY bul); (ah BEL)
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    English and Spanish speaking countries
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    According to the Bible, Abel has the distinction of being the first murder victim in history, having been slain by his brother, Cain. He was also considered to be the first shepherd or keeper of animals. The Bible indicates that he was the first person to please God after Adam and Eve fell from his favor. Cain killed Abel out of jealousy, since he too wished to please God. Abel is a homonym with the English word "able," meaning "capable." Abel was used with regularity in the nineteenth century, but it is fairly unusual today.

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