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What does Tab mean?

Tab Pronunciation of Tab [tab] as a boys' name is of English origin. Nickname of David. Possibly (Old German) "shining, brilliant" or (Middle English) "drummer". Tab Hunter was a teen celebrity in the 1950s.

Associated with: old, hunter.


Tab has 3 variants: Tabb, Taber and Tabor.

4 more different relations via David: Dai, Dave, Davi and Davy.

Creative forms:
(male) Dieb, Terb, ..

(female) Tabo, Tata, ..

Middle name pairings:
Tab Achilles (T.A.), ..

How popular is Tab?

Tab is an uncommonly occurring given name for men. Tab is an unusual surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Tab entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak position of #1160 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tab name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Tab rated in the Top 2000 are Dave, Davi (#1701 last year), David (#18) and Davy. These forms of Tab were popular with parents during 1960-1969 (adoption of 3.9%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.62%, 84.1% less), with forms like Dave becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tab, Dave, Davi, David, Davy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tab is pronounced similarly to Tobe. Other recommended names are Gab, Rab, Tad, Taj, Tal, Tam, Tan, Tau, Tay and Taz. These names tend to be more frequently used than Tab.