What does Abner mean?
Abner /ab-n-er/ [2 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Abner for boys. Abner entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #338 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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)
A suggested similar baby name is Abeer. Like Abner, this name is not frequently used.