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What does Abbott mean?

Abbott Pronunciation of Abbott [ab-bott] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Abbott is "father, priest". 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. Also, the name may have originated as a teasing nickname for a man with the grave and pious attitude associated with an abbot. Use as a first name occurred mostly in the 19th century. In the 1940s and early 1950s Bud Abbott served as a straight man to comedian Lou Costello.

Associated with: old english, surname, worked (occupational), 19th century.


Abbott has 11 variants: Ab, Abad, Abba, Abbe, Abbey, Abbie, Abbot, Abby, Abe, Abot and Abott.

Creative forms:
(male) Albott, Ambott, ..

(female) Abada, Abadi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Abbott Lyndon (A.L.), ..

How popular is Abbott?

Abbott is an uncommon given name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#588 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Abbott was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #1372 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Abbott are Ab, Abbie and Abe (#1841 from recent data). Usage of these forms of Abbott was well-received 125 years ago (median #1458) and is now significantly diminished, with the form Abe becoming less trendy.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abbas, Abdoul, Abert, Abnor, Abo, Adnot, Albert, Alcot, Alcott, Alkott (see Alcott), Allcott, Amyot, Arnett, Arnot, Arnott, Arnout, Ascot, Ascott, Aubert, Cobbett, Eliott, Elyott, Emmott, Escott, Scott and Talbott. These names tend to be more commonly used than Abbott.

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