Axel Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: The name Axel has gained significant popularity in the United States, often ranking in the top 100 boys’ names ever since 2018.

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A Deep Dive

Axel Overview

Meaning

Father of peace

Gender

Boy

Origin

German, Scandinavian

Etymology

Derived from the Old Norse name “Ásketill.”

Pronunciation

/ˈæksəl/

Popularity

Popular in Scandinavian countries, Germany, and the United States, often ranking in the top 100 boys’ names.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

4 letters

Numerology

6 (Nurturing, Responsible, Balanced)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Edgy, Short, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, peaceful, confident, charismatic.

Name Day

June 16th (Sweden), March 23rd (Finland)
A Deep Dive

Axel Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Aksel, Axell, Absalom, Axil, Axelrod, Axill, Axelius, Axilias

Common Nicknames

Ax, Ace, Axi, Lex, El, Axe

Diminutives

Axo, Axy, Axie, Aki, Azzo

Famous People

  • Axel Rose
    (American Musician)
  • Axel Witsel
    (Belgian Footballer)
  • Axel Tuanzebe
    (English Footballer)
  • Axel Honneth
    (German Philosopher)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Axel Foley
    ("Beverly Hills Cop," Movie)
  • Axel
    ("Kingdom Hearts," Video Game)
  • "Axel"
    (TV Series)

Places

  • Axel City
    (Zeeland, Netherlands)
  • Axel Heiberg Island
    (Nunavut, Canada)

What Is the Meaning of Axel?

The name Axel means “father of peace.” The name symbolizes calmness, harmony, and a peaceful nature in a person.

What Is the Origin of The Name Axel?

Axel is of Scandinavian and German origin, specifically Danish and Swedish. It is a medieval Scandinavian form of the biblical name Absalom.

Over time, the name made its way across Europe and became popular in various countries, including France.

Axel Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Axel in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#722020#722023#762021

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Axel

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202372
(+5 from 2022)
4498
(+165 from 2022)
0.24564
202277
(-1 from 2021)
4333
(-203 from 2021)
0.23134
202176
(-4 from 2020)
4536
(-127 from 2020)
0.24210
202072
(+12 from 2019)
4663
(+160 from 2019)
0.25210
201984
(+10 from 2018)
4503
(+432 from 2018)
0.23431
201894
(+10 from 2017)
4071
(+282 from 2017)
0.20944
2017104
(+12 from 2016)
3789
(+322 from 2016)
0.19145
2016116
(+7 from 2015)
3467
(+220 from 2015)
0.17116
2015123
(+22 from 2014)
3247
(+443 from 2014)
0.15882
2014145
(+22 from 2013)
2804
(+376 from 2013)
0.13683
2013167
(-5 from 2012)
2428
(-53 from 2012)
0.12016
2012162
(-26 from 2011)
2481
(-555 from 2011)
0.12227
2011136
(+51 from 2010)
3036
(+1063 from 2010)
0.14945
2010187
(+77 from 2009)
1973
(+654 from 2009)
0.09604
2009264
(+8 from 2008)
1319
(+62 from 2008)
0.06219
2008272
(+16 from 2007)
1257
(+61 from 2007)
0.05765
2007288
(+8 from 2006)
1196
(+64 from 2006)
0.05399
2006296
(+18 from 2005)
1132
(+85 from 2005)
0.05163
2005314
(+11 from 2004)
1047
(+109 from 2004)
0.04922
2004325
(+21 from 2003)
938
(+130 from 2003)
0.04438
2003346
(-32 from 2002)
808
(-102 from 2002)
0.03845
2002314
(-56 from 2001)
910
(-364 from 2001)
0.04403
2001258
(+103 from 2000)
1274
(+543 from 2000)
0.06159
2000361
(+438 from 1999)
731
(+540 from 1999)
0.03500
1999799
(-4 from 1998)
191
(-1 from 1998)
0.00937
1998795
(+43 from 1997)
192
(+21 from 1997)
0.00947
1997838
(+22 from 1996)
171
(+10 from 1996)
0.00856
1996860
(+57 from 1995)
161
(+16 from 1995)
0.00804
1995917
(+37 from 1994)
145
(+12 from 1994)
0.00721
1994954
(+11 from 1993)
133
(+9 from 1993)
0.00652
1993965
(-54 from 1992)
124
(-11 from 1992)
0.00600
1992911
(-66 from 1991)
135
(-16 from 1991)
0.00643
1991845
(+53 from 1990)
151
(+20 from 1990)
0.00712
1990898
(+53 from 1989)
131
(+16 from 1989)
0.00609
1989951
(+601 from 1988)
115
(+68 from 1988)
0.00549
19881552
(-85 from 1987)
47
(-2 from 1987)
0.00235
19871467
(-168 from 1986)
49
(-7 from 1986)
0.00251
19861299
(+399 from 1985)
56
(+20 from 1985)
0.00291
19851698
(-93 from 1984)
36
(-1 from 1984)
0.00187
19841605
(+259 from 1983)
37
(+8 from 1983)
0.00197
19831864
(+247 from 1982)
29
(+4 from 1982)
0.00156
19822111
(-25 from 1981)
25
No change from 1981
0.00132
19812086
(-27 from 1980)
25
(-1 from 1980)
0.00134
19802059
(-192 from 1979)
26
(-3 from 1979)
0.00140
19791867
(+412 from 1978)
29
(+9 from 1978)
0.00162
19782279
(-272 from 1977)
20
(-4 from 1977)
0.00117
19772007
(-134 from 1976)
24
(-2 from 1976)
0.00140
19761873
(+577 from 1975)
26
(+9 from 1975)
0.00159
19752450
(-92 from 1974)
17
No change from 1974
0.00105
19742358
(-322 from 1973)
17
(-3 from 1973)
0.00104
19732036
(+288 from 1972)
20
(+4 from 1972)
0.00124
19722324
(-198 from 1971)
16
(-3 from 1971)
0.00096
19712126
(-665 from 1970)
19
(-14 from 1970)
0.00105
19701461
(-23 from 1969)
33
(+2 from 1969)
0.00173
19691438
(+212 from 1968)
31
(+8 from 1968)
0.00169
19681650
(+702 from 1967)
23
(+11 from 1967)
0.00130
19672352
(-220 from 1966)
12
(-2 from 1966)
0.00067
19662132
(-51 from 1965)
14
(-1 from 1965)
0.00077
19652081
(+33 from 1964)
15
No change from 1964
0.00079
19642114
(+185 from 1963)
15
(+2 from 1963)
0.00074
19632299
(-112 from 1962)
13
(-1 from 1962)
0.00063
19622187
(-240 from 1961)
14
(-4 from 1961)
0.00067
19611947
(+364 from 1960)
18
(+5 from 1960)
0.00083
19602311
(-447 from 1959)
13
(-6 from 1959)
0.00060
19591864
(-28 from 1958)
19
No change from 1958
0.00088
19581836
(+962 from 1956)
19
(+10 from 1956)
0.00088
19570
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19562798
(+708 from 1955)
9
(+3 from 1955)
0.00042
19553506
(-1130 from 1952)
6
(-5 from 1952)
0.00029
19540
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19530
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19522376
(+691 from 1951)
11
(+4 from 1951)
0.00056
19513067
(-1048 from 1950)
7
(-7 from 1950)
0.00037
19502019
(+587 from 1949)
14
(+5 from 1949)
0.00077
19492606
(+1062 from 1948)
9
(+4 from 1948)
0.00050
19483668
(-997 from 1947)
5
(-4 from 1947)
0.00028
19472671
(+248 from 1946)
9
(+2 from 1946)
0.00048
19462919
(-345 from 1945)
7
(-1 from 1945)
0.00042
19452574
(+59 from 1944)
8
No change from 1944
0.00058
19442633
(-453 from 1943)
8
(-4 from 1943)
0.00058
19432180
(+343 from 1942)
12
(+3 from 1942)
0.00082
19422523
(-32 from 1941)
9
No change from 1941
0.00064
19412491
(+969 from 1940)
9
(+4 from 1940)
0.00072
19403460
(-852 from 1939)
5
(-3 from 1939)
0.00042
19392608
(+568 from 1938)
8
(+2 from 1938)
0.00071
19383176
(-497 from 1937)
6
(-2 from 1937)
0.00053
19372679
(-495 from 1936)
8
(-3 from 1936)
0.00073
19362184
(-349 from 1935)
11
(-4 from 1935)
0.00103
19351835
(+906 from 1934)
15
(+7 from 1934)
0.00140
19342741
(-276 from 1932)
8
(-2 from 1932)
0.00075
19330
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19322465
(+400 from 1931)
10
(+2 from 1931)
0.00093
19312865
(-901 from 1930)
8
(-7 from 1930)
0.00075
19301964
(-292 from 1929)
15
(-5 from 1929)
0.00133
19291672
(+2025 from 1928)
20
(+14 from 1928)
0.00181
19283697
(-2094 from 1927)
6
(-17 from 1927)
0.00053
19271603
(+699 from 1926)
23
(+10 from 1926)
0.00198
19262302
(-1056 from 1925)
13
(-20 from 1925)
0.00113
19251246
(+429 from 1924)
33
(+11 from 1924)
0.00287
19241675
(-124 from 1923)
22
(-2 from 1923)
0.00188
19231551
(+40 from 1922)
24
(+1 from 1922)
0.00212
19221591
(-490 from 1921)
23
(-18 from 1921)
0.00204
19211101
(+315 from 1920)
41
(+14 from 1920)
0.00360
19201416
(+208 from 1919)
27
(+6 from 1919)
0.00245
19191624
(-545 from 1918)
21
(-19 from 1918)
0.00207
19181079
(+34 from 1917)
40
(+4 from 1917)
0.00381
19171113
(-221 from 1916)
36
(-13 from 1916)
0.00375
1916892
(-12 from 1915)
49
No change from 1915
0.00531
1915880
(+273 from 1914)
49
(+24 from 1914)
0.00556
19141153
(-41 from 1913)
25
(+4 from 1913)
0.00366
19131112
(-258 from 1912)
21
(-6 from 1912)
0.00392
1912854
(+184 from 1911)
27
(+16 from 1911)
0.00598
19111038
(-110 from 1910)
11
(-1 from 1910)
0.00456
1910928
(+155 from 1909)
12
(+4 from 1909)
0.00575
19091083
(+134 from 1908)
8
(+2 from 1908)
0.00452
19081217
(-402 from 1907)
6
(-5 from 1907)
0.00361
1907815
(-106 from 1906)
11
(-1 from 1906)
0.00694
1906709
(+210 from 1905)
12
(+4 from 1905)
0.00833
1905919
(+145 from 1904)
8
(+2 from 1904)
0.00559
19041064
(-330 from 1903)
6
(-4 from 1903)
0.00433
1903734
(+128 from 1902)
10
(+2 from 1902)
0.00773
1902862
(+81 from 1901)
8
(+2 from 1901)
0.00603
1901943
(-158 from 1900)
6
(-5 from 1900)
0.00519
1900785
(-264 from 1899)
11
(-3 from 1899)
0.00678
1899521
(-69 from 1898)
14
(-6 from 1898)
0.01215
1898452
(+21 from 1897)
20
(+3 from 1897)
0.01514
1897473
(+61 from 1896)
17
(+2 from 1896)
0.01394
1896534
(-97 from 1895)
15
(-5 from 1895)
0.01162
1895437
(+231 from 1894)
20
(+10 from 1894)
0.01579
1894668
(-297 from 1893)
10
(-13 from 1893)
0.00801
1893371
(+201 from 1892)
23
(+10 from 1892)
0.01900
1892572
(-145 from 1891)
13
(-4 from 1891)
0.00989
1891427
(+31 from 1890)
17
(+1 from 1890)
0.01556
1890458
(-24 from 1889)
16
(-2 from 1889)
0.01337
1889434
(+50 from 1888)
18
(+2 from 1888)
0.01512
1888484
(-92 from 1887)
16
(-2 from 1887)
0.01232
1887392
(-56 from 1886)
18
(-7 from 1886)
0.01647
1886336
(+126 from 1885)
25
(+9 from 1885)
0.02100
1885462
(+6 from 1884)
16
No change from 1884
0.01380
1884468
(+59 from 1883)
16
(+4 from 1883)
0.01304
1883527
(+13 from 1882)
12
No change from 1882
0.01067
1882540
(-80 from 1881)
12
(-2 from 1881)
0.00983
1881460
(-18 from 1880)
14
(-2 from 1880)
0.01293
1880442
First SSA data recorded
16
First SSA data recorded
0.01351

American States Popularity Rankings for Axel

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

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New York (NY)

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Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#932021#852022#732023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#892021#742022#982023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#622021#642022#562023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#802021#1012022#852023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#892021#852022#692023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#822021#862022#822023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#692021#812022#732023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#832021#1072022#762023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#802021#762022#582023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#822021#922022#622023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#702021#822022#942023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#1092021#1272022#1262023

Michigan (MI)

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Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1172021#1022022#872023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#532021#522022#632023

Ohio (OH)

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Wisconsin (WI)

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Utah (UT)

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Oklahoma (OK)

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Nevada (NV)

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Oregon (OR)

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Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1352021#1472022#1102023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#1262021#1022022#1192023

Alabama (AL)

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Kentucky (KY)

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Kansas (KS)

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Arkansas (AR)

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South Carolina (SC)

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Louisiana (LA)

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New Mexico (NM)

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Iowa (IA)

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Nebraska (NE)

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Idaho (ID)

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Connecticut (CT)

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Mississippi (MS)

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West Virginia (WV)

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District of Columbia (DC)

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North Dakota (ND)

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Delaware (DE)

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South Dakota (SD)

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Montana (MT)

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Hawaii (HI)

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Alaska (AK)

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Rhode Island (RI)

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New Hampshire (NH)

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Wyoming (WY)

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Maine (ME)

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Vermont (VT)

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Popularity Rankings for Axel in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

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Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#331965#341967#291968

Popularity in Mexico

Mexico flagMexico#312020#382021

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#332020#382021#462022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#392021#342022#422023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

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Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#602021#702022#652023

Popularity in Basque Country, Spain

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Popularity in Uruguay

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Popularity in Spain

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Popularity in Puerto Rico

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

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Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#1112021#1052022#992023

Popularity in Chile

Chile flagChile#1182019#1112020#1082021

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#1082021#1272022#1542023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#1382021#1562022#1182023

Popularity in Argentina

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Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

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Popularity in England and Wales

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Popularity in Belgium

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Popularity in Switzerland

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Popularity in Austria

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Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#2322021#2512022#1982023

Popularity in Poland

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Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Axel a Name for Boys or Girls?

Axel is traditionally a name for boys. It has been predominantly used for males in Scandinavian countries, as well as in other parts of Europe and the United States.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Axel

Axel in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Axel Rose (Musician, born 1962): An American singer and songwriter, known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Guns N' Roses.
  • Axel Witsel (Footballer, born 1989): A Belgian professional footballer, renowned for his skills as a midfielder, playing for Atlético Madrid and the Belgian national team.
  • Axel Tuanzebe (Footballer, born 1997): An English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Manchester United.
  • Axel Honneth (Philosopher, born 1949): A German philosopher known for his work in social theory and critical theory.
  • Axel Foley ("Beverly Hills Cop," 1984, Movie): A fictional character played by Eddie Murphy, known for his role as a street-smart Detroit cop.
  • Axel ("Kingdom Hearts," 2002, Video Game): A fictional character from the video game series "Kingdom Hearts," known for his fiery personality and wielding chakrams.
  • "Axel" (2018, TV Series): A children's animated series featuring a character named Axel and his adventures.
  • Axel (Zeeland, Netherlands): A town in the province of Zeeland, known for its historical significance and scenic beauty.
  • Axel Heiberg Island (Nunavut, Canada): An uninhabited island in the Arctic Archipelago, known for its research stations and unique geological features.

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