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Meaning and name origin
Ab \ab\ as a boy's name means "stern, somber; father; father, priest; servant; noble strength; father of light; father of a multitude (of nations)" and is a variant of Abbas (Arabic, Hebrew): in Arabic, this name is used to refer to a lion, equivalent to referring to the king of the beasts as Leo in the English-speaking world. Also a variant of Abbott (Old English): an abbot is the head of a religious community of monks living in a monastery, so the original bearers of this name (as a surname) may have worked for an abbot. Ab is also used as a variant of Abdul (Arabic), Abelard (Old German) and Abner (Hebrew), Abraham (Hebrew).
Ab is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Ab is also pronounced similarly to Aube, Ib and Web. Other suggested similar baby names are Abba, Abby, Abey, Abia, Abie, Abo, Ad, Afi, Ahab, Al, Am, Ava, Ave, Avi and Ax. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ab.
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