Boy name origins & meanings
- Old German : Father of peace
- Swedish : Divine source of life
Family name origins & meanings
- Scandinavian, Dutch, and North German : from the personal name Apsel, Danish and North German vernacular form of the Biblical name Absolom. As a Scandinavian surname it is a shortened form of the patronymic forms Axelsson or Axelsen.
- Belgian and Dutch : habitational name for someone from either of two places, Aksel in East Flanders or Axel in Zeeland.