What does Abner mean?
Abner [ab-n-er] as a boys' 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 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.
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How popular is Abner?
Abner is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#6223 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name history of Abner for boys. Abner entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #338 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1018. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Ab, Abbie, Abe (#1841 last year) and Ebbie are the popular alternative forms of Abner (#1018 last year) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Abner were favored by parents in the 1880s (median #930) and have become much less popular since (#1771, 79% less usage).
Suggested similar names are Abbe, Abdel, Abeer, Abeeri (see Abir), Abel▲, Abert, Abey, Abie, Abiel, Abir, Able, Abyel, Acer, Adler, Adnet, Adney, Alger, Alter, Ameer▲, Amer, Ammer, Ander, Anker, Arne, Arnel, Arnet, Arney, Asher▲, Asser, Aymer, Eber, Einer and Miner. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abner.See names in meaning and etymology.