Axel (name)

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Axel
PronunciationSwedish: [ˈǎksɛl]
French: [aksɛl]
Spanish: [aɣˈsel]
GenderMale
Language(s)Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Name daySweden: June 16
Origin
Word/nameAbsalom
MeaningFather of Peace
Region of originScandinavia
Other names
Alternative spellingAksel, Axl
Variant form(s)[
Nickname(s)Axe
Related namesAbsalom, Alexander

Axel (also Aksel) is a French, German, Dutch and Scandinavian masculine given name and anagram of Alex. In Estonia, 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.

Because the Danish archbishop Absalon (1128–1201) was 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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As a surname[edit]

  • Curtis Axel (born 1979), ring name of American professional wrestler Joseph Curtis Hennig
  • Gabriel Axel (1918–2014), Danish filmmaker
  • Richard Axel (born 1946), American scientist

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hvor mange hedder... - Danmarks Statistik". Dst.dk. Retrieved 2013-10-21.Jørgen Ouren (2013-01-23). "Navn - SSB". Ssb.no. 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.En dat is waar. Namn och bygd 62 (1974), p. 183.