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Abel Family History

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

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Name Distribution of Abel Families

  • Number of Abel families
     172 - 341
     58 - 171
     1 - 57
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Abel families
     189 - 376
     64 - 188
     1 - 63
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Abel families
     95 - 188
     32 - 94
     1 - 31
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Abel Family Origin

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Abel Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Abel

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Abel Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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