There are multiple origins and translations for the name Abel:
1. Hebrew name (הבל) [hevel] interpretation - "breath (of mouth); breathing; steam, vapor" or of (אָבֵל) [evel] means - "mourner; mournful" or of (עָווֶל) [avel] - "evil, malfeasance".
2. Arabic name-forming (هابيل) from (الأب) means - "father".
3. Shortened form of the name Abelard.
In the Old Testament he was the second son of Adam and Eve, murdered out of envy by his brother Cain.