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What does Ab mean?

Ab /ab/ as a name for boys is of Old English, Arabic, Old German and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ab is "stern, somber; father; father, priest; servant; noble strength; father of light; father of a multitude (of nations)". Ab is a variant form of Abbas (Arabic, Hebrew). Ab is also a variation of Abbott (Old English). Ab is also used as a derivative of Abdul (Arabic), Abelard (Old German), Abner (Hebrew) and Abraham (Hebrew).

Associated with: old english, arabic, priest (monk), servant, noble, strength, light (bright)


Ab has 3 variants: Abbe, Abe and Eb.

Ab has 22 more alternative forms via Abbas, Abbott, Abdul, Abelard, Abner, Abraham: Abad, Abba, Abbey, Abbie, Abbot, Abby, Abdal, Abdel, Abel, Abey, Abie, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Abo, Abot, Abott, Abram, Abran, Avi, Del and Ebby.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Aal, Abal, ..

(female) Aar, Abar, ..

How popular is Ab?

Ab is a rare given name for men but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#143847 out of 150436, Top 96%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name history of Ab for boys. Ab was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #1154 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ab outside U.S.

Abel (#164 from recent data), Abraham (#180), Abram (#377), Abner (#1016), Avi (#1055), Abdul (#1537), Del, Abbie, Abbott, Abe, Abbas and Abie are the prominent related forms of Ab. Other forms, like Abnar, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Ab is widespread among parents in 2014 (adoption of 0.33%), except for the version Abe which have become somewhat outmoded. Abel, Abraham and Abram are three of the more trendy birth names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab, Abbas, Abbie, Abbott, Abdul in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abe, Abel, Abie, Abner, Abraham in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abram, Avi, Del in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ab and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Ab is alike in pronunciation to Aube, Ebbe, Ib, Web, Webb and Weeb. Other suggested similar names are Ad, Al, Am and Ax. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ab.