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"ABEL, ABLE. This was a not uncommon personal name in the Middle Ages, derived from the Biblical Abel, Hebrew Hebhel, a name of uncertain meaning, but usually interpreted "breath." Master Abell, clericus regis, was one of the members of a mission sent to England to ask restoration of the earl[1] 0 dona of Huntingdon in 1237 (Bain, I, 1329). He also appears in documents concerning the Abbey of Kelso in 1235 (Keho, 231, 418), and in 1253 "valuing his own promotion more than the honour of the long or kingdom caused himself to be consecrated bishop by the pope" (Chron. Mail.). Nicholas Abel, a Scottish master mariner, was wrecked on the coast of Norfolk in 1388 (Bain, rv, 381), Thomas Abel or Abell appears as burgess of Edinburgh in 1387 and 1413 (Egidii, p. 23; Neubotle, p. 237), and John Abell held land in Aberdeen in 1413 (RMS., i, 943). Robert Abell, chaplain in Brechin, is mentioned in 1512 (RSS., 2440), and William Abel was tenant of Racharral, Kemnay, in 1696 (AEI., p. 23). The name occurs in Dundee towards the latter end of the sixteenth century as Abell, and is found in the parish of Kemnay in 1697 as Ebald ( (Invenirie, p. 426). Thomas Abell was a burgess of Edinburgh in 1430 (Neubotle, p. 280), and a John Abell is there also in 1635 (Edinb. Marr.). The kindred of John Abell, a celebrated Scottish singer of the reign of Charles n were later known by the name of Eball (Itttu., i,p.i57-58).Abilll633. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Abel

Wikipedia Sir Frederick Augustus Abel, 1st Baronet FRS (17 July 1827 ? 6 September 1902) was an English chemist.
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Wikipedia Heinrich Friedrich Otto Abel (22 January 1824 ? 28 October 1854) was a German historian.
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Wikipedia Elie Abel (October 17, 1920 ? July 22, 2004) was a Canadian-American journalist, author and academic.
Wikipedia Robert Abel (10 March 1937 ? 23 September 2001) was a pioneer in visual effects, computer animation and interactive media, best known for the work of his company, Robert Abel and Associates.
Wikipedia Jacob Allen "Jake" Abel (born November 18, 1987) is an American actor.
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Wikipedia Neil Abel (born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland) is a British professional ice hockey player who has played in the United Kingdom since 1980.
Wikipedia Carl Abel (25 November 1837 ? 1906) was a German comparative philologist from Berlin who wrote "Linguistic Essays" in 1880.
Wikipedia Alfred Abel (12 March 1879 ? 12 December 1937) was a German film actor, director, and producer.
Wikipedia Graham Abel (born September 17, 1960) was a professional footballer who played in the Football League for Chester City and Crewe Alexandra as a central defender.
Wikipedia Jim Abel (born March 1, 1947) is an American singer-songwriter born in Independence, Missouri.
Wikipedia Christian Ferdinand Abel (July or August 1682, Hanover, Germany ? buried 3 April 1761 (or 1737?), K?then, Germany) was one of the most famous German Baroque violinists, cellists and especially viol virtuosos.
Wikipedia Robert Halsall Abel (born May 27, 1941 Painesville, Ohio) is an American short story writer, and novelist.
Wikipedia Samuel Charles Abel (born 1908 in Neston, Cheshire, England) was a footballer who played in the Football League for Accrington Stanley, Bury, Chesterfield, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers.