Axel (name)

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Gender Male
Word/name conflation of Absalom with Askel
Region of origin Scandinavia

Axel (also Aksel) is a French, German, Dutch and Scandinavian masculine given name. In Denmark and Norway the spelling form Aksel is more common.[1] The Finnish form of the name is Akseli. A French feminine form is Axelle.

Due to the Danish archbishop Absalon (1128–1201) being also known as "Axel of Lund", the name has been interpreted as a corruption of the Hebrew name Absalom. Axel arose via Axelen from Absalon, possibly by conflation with the existing name Askel, Askil, medieval forms of the Old Norse name Ásketill, from ans "god" and ketill "cauldron".[2]

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  1. ^ "Hvor mange hedder... - Danmarks Statistik". Retrieved 2013-10-21. Jørgen Ouren (2013-01-23). "Navn - SSB". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ Också förväxlingar mellan Askil och Absalon samt Askil och Asgut har skett i fda. Om man nu vill hänvisa till rundanskans askil — i rundanskan finns således formen — borde man ha skrivit 'Fda. Eskil', ty det är i denna spalt man finner askil. Namn och bygd 62 (1974), p. 183.