JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re:Can "Abel" be "Avraham?" #general
David Ziants <dziants@...>
The English name "Abel" is usually the translation of the name Heveltoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
in the older translations of the Tanach (Bible). This was one of the
sons of Adam HaRishon (The First Man). Hevel was killed by his brother
The name "Hevel" means "worthlessness" in Hebrew, and because of its
negative connotation it is not generally used as a Jewish name.
This does not mean that someone with a Hebrew name like Avraham,
would not choose "Abel" for the English equivalent, because of the
sound alike. A nickname for Avraham can be Avi as the poster mentioned
(but the converse is not necessarily true; Avi might also be a
nickname for Avigdor, Avichayil, Avishai...), and in English the
name Abe might be used. This could be a reason how "Abel" came about.
Ma'aleh Adumim, Israel
From: "Arthur Feinberg" <feinber2@...>
I have an Abel Rosenthal (brother of my GGGF) in my tree >from