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Is this name too cultish?

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MaElsie Sat 09-May-15 19:31:46

I've always loved the name Abel, Abe for short. Have you ever come across anyone called Abel who wasn't Amish, from a cult? And what line do you think any bullying would take at school?
Lastly, what names do you think work well with Abel either as a first or middle name?
Thank you so much!

Chottie Sat 09-May-15 19:32:57

Sorry not keen at that name at all. sad

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sat 09-May-15 19:34:30

I went to school with an Abe, no idea on religion as I was too young to know or care about that at the time

LomaLinda77 Sat 09-May-15 19:38:11

Common enough in the Netherlands, pronounced a bit like Ah-bell.

Canyouforgiveher Sat 09-May-15 19:38:31

I know a baby Abe - full name Abraham.

I like Abe but not Abel or Abraham (although lots of nice shortened versions abe, bramie)

LouisaB1990 Sat 09-May-15 19:41:03

I think it's lovely not too cutie is it pronounced A-bell?

seaoflove Sat 09-May-15 19:43:03

It's pronounced "able".

I love it. I know it's super Biblical, but I think it's really cool and unusual.

BreacaBoudica Sat 09-May-15 19:44:23

My nephew is Abe, not short for anything - it's lovely and not religious or anything.

MyNameIsSuz Sat 09-May-15 19:47:44

I like it! I think it's quite biblical, but no worse than Noah and that's become really popular.

BrockAuLit Sat 09-May-15 19:51:12

Depends on your milieu.

There are many where Abel won't have any significance, so v easy to use.

But if you live in the mid-West and are not, in fact, Amish, I'd steer clear.

Nervo Sat 09-May-15 19:51:17

An ex boyfriend had a friend called Abel. He was really cool and a bit odd. I liked him.

AbbeyRoadCrossing Sat 09-May-15 19:53:21

Biblical names are very popular where I am e.g. Noah, Isaac, Reuben etc so I don't think people would assume anything as it seems to be on trend if that makes sense. If it's like my school though he would have to read his homework out first, those kids further down the alphabet always got away with it grin

MaraThonbar Sat 09-May-15 19:55:59

I was half-expecting the name Manson when I clicked through!

Abel's fine. There are lots of Old Testament names around the moment so he's likely to be friends with little Isaacs and Noahs. I even know an Ezekiel.

SinglePringle Sat 09-May-15 20:09:40

I ADORE Abe. I love Abraham for the full version. Interesting and has gravitas. Not so keen on Abel. What if they're not...?

Grewupinafield Sat 09-May-15 20:10:19

I was desperate to use it for ds1 but dh doesn't like it, same for ds2.
If we ever have another son, it's being used as a middle name! I love the name

getbusyliving Sat 09-May-15 20:13:15

First thought is Cain and Abel and didn't one kill the other?
But thing is with connotations, they are quickly forgotten once child makes the name their own iynwim

Ilovewheelychairs Sat 09-May-15 20:15:56

I work in a Catholic school and have taught a few Abel's! I really like it :-)

DoTheDuckFace Sat 09-May-15 20:19:51

I think it's quite a nice name actually. Love Abe for short.

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Sat 09-May-15 20:27:25

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GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Sat 09-May-15 20:27:55

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Don't like Abel at all, sorry, but love Abraham.

MaElsie Sun 10-May-15 07:12:36

Thank you. Not universally liked, but not too much associated with a cult either. I could live with that.
Yes, Abel was hated and killed by his brother Cain because God accepted him not Cain. On the plus side though, I don't have any other boys!

Stinkylinky Sun 10-May-15 07:33:08

My friend has a 2 year old DS called Abel, I've always loved his name and never met another smile

Rhubarbgarden Sun 10-May-15 07:51:48

I really don't like it. It screams religious craziness to me.

Justnapping Sun 10-May-15 08:01:08

The baby is called Abel in Sons of anarchy! That's all i can think of when I hear that name

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