Male first name Babel

David Barrett

Probably he actual name was Zerubabel - Babel for short

Linda Kelley

Perhaps Velvel was the original name for the nickname Babel.
Linda Wolfe Kelley
Portland, OR, USA

Sylvia FRanks

My maternal had a brother who was named Jacob Reuben (Finkel) but was known as Babel.   I don't know of any reason for this.

Sylvia Trackenberg


In researching my husband's family, I have found a male relative who was called "Uncle Babel."  He lived in the Russian Empire (probably Kiev) in the 19th to early 20th centuries and in Kremenchug, Ukraine in the 1920s. 

I've never heard of the name Babel before. Is it a recognized kinui (nickname) for something else?  Does anyone know what Babel's Hebrew name might be (i.e. could it be something other than Babel or Bavel)? 

I am aware of the possible relationship of the name to the tower of Babel mentioned in Genesis,  the city/state of Bavel (Babylonia), and the Yiddish writer surnamed Babel.  I also have read the Abarim Publications site about the name, at  which suggests that the name Babel could be related to Abel, Abel-beth-maacah, Abel-keramim, Abel-maim, Abel-meholah, Abel-mizraim, Abel-shittim, Abilene, Bul, Ibleam, Jabal, Jubal, Jubilee, Obil, Tubal, Tubal-cain, Zerubbabel.   
If you have a man in your family whose first-name was Babel, by what other names was he known?

With thanks,
Helene Kenvin