What does Abby mean?
Abby [ab-by] as a name for boys (also used more generally as girls' name Abby) is an Old English, Old German and Hebrew name, and the name Abby means "noble strength; father of light". Abby is a version of Abbey: short variation of Abbott. Abby is also a variation of Abelard (Old German): from Adalhard. Abby is also used as a derivative of Abner (Hebrew).
(male) Abbyn, Abeby, ..
(female) Ababi, Abay, .. Middle name pairings:
Abby Cody (A.C.), ..
How popular is Abby?
Abby is a rare given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#56526 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Abel (#125 last year), Abner (#1018), Abe (#1841), Ebbie, Abbie, Abbott and Ab are the popular related forms of Abby (not in Top 2000). Other forms, like Ebby, are uncommon. These forms of Abby were at the height of their popularity in 2015 (usage of 0.2%), except for the form Abe which has fallen out of style. Abel is the most chic boy name in this compilation. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Abby is pronounced similarly to Abey, Abia, Abiah, Abie, Abo, Obi and Obie▼. Other recommended names are Abbas, Abda, Abdi, Abid, Abir, Able, Acey, Addy, Alba, Alby, Albyn, Albys, Alfy, Algy, Alvy, Aly, Amby, Amry, Andy, Angy, Ardy, Arly, Arny, Arry, Arty, Arvy, Ary, Ashby, Aube, Aubry, Augy, Avry, Bobby▼, Cobby, Coby▼, Gabby, Gaby, Gibby, Joby, Koby▼, Robby▼, Ruby▼ and Toby▼. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abby.See names in meaning and etymology.