Meaning and name origin
Abner \a-bner, ab-ner\ as a boy's name is pronounced AB-ner. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Abner is "father of light". Biblical: King Saul of Israel's army chief, a valiant warrior and clever strategist. The name came into prominence in the late 16th century, but has become uncommon in this century, and is now mostly associated with Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l Abner". The name has a masculine, uncompromising air. Inventer of baseball Abner Doubleday.
Abner is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4538 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Abner for boys. Abner reached its highest rank of #338 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Abner and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Abner and Abe. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Abeer. Like Abner, this name is not commonly used.