Meaning and name origin
Ab \ab\ as a boy's name 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 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).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ab and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Abraham (#180), Abner, Abe and Abdul. (2014 statistics).
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.