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What does Abba mean?

Abba Pronunciation of Abba [ab-ba] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Abba) has its root in Old English, and the name Abba means "stern, somber; father; father, priest". Abba is an alternate form of Abbas (Arabic, Hebrew). Abba is also a derivative of Abbott (Old English).

Associated with: old english, priest (monk).


Abba has 4 variants: Abbey, Abbie, Abby and Abo.

7 more relations via Abbas, Abbott: Ab, Abad, Abbe, Abbot, Abe, Abot and Abott.

Creative forms:
(male) Abay, Amba, ..

(female) Abah, Abet, ..

Middle name pairings:
Abba Said (A.S.), ..

How popular is Abba?

Abba is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#78838 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Abba (unlisted) are Abe (#1841 the previous year), Abbas (#1941), Abbott, Abbie and Ab. These relations of Abba were popular as birth names in the 1890s (usage of 0.05%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.01%, 82% less), with the version Abe going out of style. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab, Abbas, Abbie, Abbott, Abe in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abba and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Abba is pronounced similarly to Abey, Abia, Abiah, Abie, Ebbie, Ebby, Obi and Obie. Other suggested similar names are Abda, Abdal, Abdi, Abel, Abid, Abija, Abir, Able, Abna, Abnar, Abram, Abran, Adya, Akbar, Alba, Alban, Alby, Alfa, Alga, Alia, Alta, Alva, Amby, Ara, Arda, Asa, Auban, Aube, Ava, Avia, Bubba and Cuba. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abba.

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