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The ABEL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 18,243 1809 0.007 68
United States (1880 census) 3,479 1753 0.007 70
Change since 1880 +14764 -56 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 917 1791 0.006 56
United Kingdom 2,562 2405 0.006 56
Top States for ABEL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,376 2307 0.004 41
Pennsylvania 1,241 1120 0.010 101
Florida 1,135 1825 0.007 71
Texas 1,021 2324 0.005 49
New York 1,014 1808 0.005 53
Top States for ABEL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Indiana 989 714 0.016 163
Wisconsin 726 781 0.014 135
Alaska 84 918 0.013 134
North Dakota 79 1076 0.012 123
Minnesota 550 961 0.011 112


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ABEL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ABEL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ABEL in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ABEL by picking someone at random in Indiana than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ABEL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the ABEL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the ABEL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of ABEL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 763 4.18
White (Hispanic) 487 2.67
Mixed Race 266 1.46
Native American/Alaskan 151 0.83
Asian/Pacific 120 0.66
White (Caucasian) 16,452 90.18

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ABEL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ABEL in historical publications

ABEL. ABELL. From the personal name. It frequently occurs temp. Edwd. I. in the same forms.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ABEL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ABEL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ABEL

The following words are slight variants of ABEL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.