Axel Name Meaning

A mighty name with a striking style, Axel is a Scandinavian form of the Hebrew name Absalom. He has the incredible meaning of “my father is peace,” and is a memorable name that is impossible not to love.

Axel has medieval roots, but a modern sound, his inner X giving him added appeal as the trend continues to be a favorite as seen with Jaxon, Braxton, and Maxwell. Thanks to his shared sound with the word axle, he’s also part of the word name trend that has brought the rise of Mason, Hunter, and Angel.

While Axel has only seen a recent spike in popularity and fits in several in-demand styles, he doesn’t suffer from the dreaded trendy label and is immune to feeling dated. Mature enough for an adult yet playful enough for a child, Axel is a versatile name. He has a built-in adventurous side, perfect for exploring the world with wonder and awe. At the same time, one would never think of Axel as childish.

Axel can also appear as Aksel, Axell, and Axl, though Axel is by far the most popular spelling. Axelle and Axella are two feminine variants of the name. Similar names include Eric, Gunner, and Odin.

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Axel Name Popularity

How popular is the name Axel? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Axel was the 94th most popular boys name, representing 0.2952% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Axel has been the 510th most popular boys name, representing 0.026% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 851 6 0.0012%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 803 24 0.0026%
1916 969 15 0.0016%
1917 1,215 8 0.0008%
1918 1,539 5 0.0005%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 1,212 11 0.001%
1922 0 0%
1923 1,368 7 0.0006%
1924 0 0%
1925 1,429 6 0.0005%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 0 0%
1955 0 0%
1956 0 0%
1957 0 0%
1958 0 0%
1959 0 0%
1960 0 0%
1961 1,469 6 0.0003%
1962 0 0%
1963 1,602 5 0.0003%
1964 0 0%
1965 1,326 7 0.0004%
1966 0 0%
1967 0 0%
1968 1,462 6 0.0004%
1969 1,298 11 0.0007%
1970 1,201 17 0.0011%
1971 1,519 7 0.0005%
1972 1,713 5 0.0004%
1973 1,449 8 0.0006%
1974 1,594 6 0.0005%
1975 0 0%
1976 1,690 6 0.0005%
1977 0 0%
1978 0 0%
1979 1,556 10 0.0007%
1980 1,547 12 0.0008%
1981 1,637 9 0.0006%
1982 1,722 8 0.0005%
1983 1,803 6 0.0004%
1984 1,351 17 0.0011%
1985 1,771 8 0.0005%
1986 1,041 39 0.0026%
1987 1,695 12 0.0008%
1988 1,760 12 0.0008%
1989 996 61 0.0038%
1990 897 85 0.0051%
1991 828 105 0.0064%
1992 887 91 0.0057%
1993 891 96 0.0062%
1994 903 96 0.0063%
1995 890 102 0.0068%
1996 868 107 0.0071%
1997 867 113 0.0076%
1998 792 147 0.0098%
1999 800 145 0.0097%
2000 367 686 0.0449%
2001 258 1,250 0.083%
2002 316 872 0.0582%
2003 345 775 0.0509%
2004 324 907 0.0595%
2005 313 1,022 0.0668%
2006 295 1,101 0.0703%
2007 288 1,163 0.0737%
2008 272 1,232 0.0797%
2009 264 1,294 0.0866%
2010 188 1,951 0.1354%
2011 137 3,007 0.2111%
2012 162 2,457 0.1724%
2013 168 2,411 0.1693%
2014 144 2,786 0.1912%
2015 124 3,234 0.2223%
2016 116 3,446 0.239%
2017 105 3,755 0.2691%
2018 94 4,055 0.2952%

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Names Like Axel

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What names are variants of Axel?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Axel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Aksel

Father is peace

Hebrew

#1,019 (0.0093%)  
Ax

Father is peace

Hebrew

Axe

Father is peace

Hebrew

Axell

Father is peace

Hebrew

#1,874 (0.0016%)  
Axil

Father is peace

Hebrew

Axill

Father is peace

Hebrew

Axl

Father is peace

Hebrew

#732 (0.0189%)  

What names are similar to Axel?

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Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Avshalom

Father is peace

Hebrew


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Siblings of Axel

Mamas with kids named Axel also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Asher

Happy and blessed

Hebrew

#47 (0.4951%)  
Adalyn

Noble kind

German

#141 (0.1392%)  

7 Comments

  1. My husband picked the name Axel from the playstation game kingdom hearts

  2. We fell in love with the name Axel because it’s unique and strong

  3. My kids dad is a mechanic and I thought (even though it’s spelled different) that a car part title would be a cute idea for a name. I changed the spelling so him and his sister’s names were almost the same. Her name is Alex, So his is spelled Axel. It helps her spell it easier?

  4. My first born who is so tough and brave. It means father of peace yet he is the furthest from it.

  5. I like that it is a strong and uncommon. Not crazy about the Axl Rose references or that some already use Axe as a nickname.

  6. It’s a strong name

  7. My husband wanted his first son to have an ‘X’ in the name- Axel was first on the list when we searched online! We love the name Axel, it’s a strong name and as it turned out our son is very strong willed, minded, rough and tumble little boy. Look out world! He’s here and he’s Axel!


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