Other Word Forms
Origin of axel
- After Axel Paulsen (1856–1938), Norwegian figure skater
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Danish Aksel, first used for the bishop and statesman Absalon Hvide (1128-1201), from biblical Absalom. Some sources suggest that the bishop was originally named Áskell, from Old Norse "god" + "cauldron, helmet", and Absalon was chosen as the nearest-sounding Christian equivalent, leading to the exchange of the middle consonants.
- Named after the Norwegian skater Axel R. Paulsen (1885-1939).