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).
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: Abae, Abau, Auab. [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 from recent data), Abraham (#180), Abram (#377), Del, Abner, Abe and Abdul are the prominent related forms of Ab (unlisted). Other forms, like Eb, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Ab was widespread among parents during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.47%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.326%, down 30.7%), with the versions Abe, Abner and Del becoming less stylish. Abel, Abram and Abraham 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)