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What does Ab mean?

Ab Pronunciation of 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.

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.

Creative forms:
(male) Aal, Aar, ..

(female) Aar, Ae, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ab Viaan (A.V.), ..

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)

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, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Abel (#125 from recent data), Abraham (#170), Abram (#383), Avi (#946), Abner (#1018), Abdul (#1398), Abe (#1841), Abbas (#1941), Del, Abbie, Abbott and Abie are the prominent related forms of Ab. Other forms, like Abnar, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Ab was widespread among parents in 2015 (adoption of 0.38%), except for the version Abe which have become somewhat outmoded. Abel, Abraham, Abram and Avi are four 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.

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