What does Abner mean?
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.
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 forms of Abner were favored by parents during the years 1880-1889 (average #294) and have become much less popular since. 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.