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What does Abner mean?

Abner \a-bner, ab-ner\ 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 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 has 13 variants: Ab, Abbey, Abbie, Abby, Abe, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Avner, Eb, Ebbie, Ebby and Ebner.


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. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Abner for boys. Abner reached its peak rank of #338 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abner name in U.S.

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

Abe is the only other popular alternative form of Abner listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.7055%) and have become much less popular since, with the forms Abe and Abner becoming less stylish. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Abner and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Abe, Abner in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Abeer. Like Abner, this name is not frequently used.