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What does Ab mean?

Ab /ab/ [1 syll.] as a name for boys is of Arabic, Hebrew, Old English and Old German 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 transcription 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).


Ab has 3 variants: Abbe, Abe and Eb.

Ab has 35 more alternative forms via Abbas, Abbott, Abdul, Abelard, Abner, Abraham: Abad, Abba, Abbey, Abbie, Abbot, Abby, Abdal, Abdall, Abdel, Abdell, Abdoul, Abdull, Abel, Abey, Abie, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Abo, Abot, Abott, Abram, Abrami, Abramo, Abrams, Abran, Avi, Avner, Avram, Avrom, Bram, Del, Ebbie, Ebby and Ebner.

Kreatif forms: Abae, Abah. [more]

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)

Abel (#164 last year), Abraham (#180), Abram (#377), Del, Abner, Abe and Abdul are the prominent related forms of Ab (unlisted). Forms like Abot are uncommon. Usage of these boy names was at its highest during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.47%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.3256%, down 30.7%), with the versions Abe, Abner and Del becoming less stylish. Abel (#164), Abram (#377) and Abraham (#180) are three of the more trendy birth names among these, and there is a resurgence in birth name usage for Abraham and Abram. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Ab and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abdul, Abe, Abel, Abner, Abraham in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abram, 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, Ib and Web. Other suggested similar baby names are Abia, Ad, Afi, Ahab, Al, Am, Ava, Ave and Ax. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ab.