The first known Abel(e)n lived more
than 600 years ago in Emsland/Cloppenburg (now in Niedersachsen).
In a document from the year 1394 the name Abeln is mentioned as
" freibauer des Hummlings" (free farmer).
In the 17th century Abeln families lived in 5 villages near Lathen and near
Cloppenburg an Abel(e)n family
It is not known if this families have one common ancistor.
Abel of Emsland/Cloppenburg.
meaning of the surname Abeln is
"son of Abel". And Abel is as well a Germanic as a Biblian first name
The name Abeln and Abelen were in old documents both used. I saw it
also in the archivs of Cloppenburg.
Bur there is also an Belgian surname "Abelen" with an other prounounciation
and an other meaning: it are trees: white poplars.
In the family of Richard Ervin Abeln (from Salisbury, Missouri, U.S.A.)
was told a tale that the Abeln were in the past Abel but that an
ancestor of theirs added the
"n" making it Abeln to distinguish his bunch from
the common Abel.
I also heard a tale that the first German Abeln maybe was a Viking.
Sometimes -if there was no son- the oldest female Abeln gives
the name Abeln to their childs
Abeln in Hümling now
has his roots in the region Hümling in Emsland/Cloppenburg
in Niedersachsen Germany. And you can see it also nowadays.
65% of the present-day German Abeln families live in an area not more then 50km
from the Hümling or better their roots.
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