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What does Ab mean?

Ab Pronunciation of Ab as a name for boys is of Old English, Arabic, Old German and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ab is "stern, somber; father; father, priest; servant; noble strength; father of light; father of a multitude (of nations)". Ab is a variant form of Abbas (Arabic, Hebrew). Ab is also a variation of Abbott (Old English). Ab is also used as a derivative of Abdul (Arabic), a derivative of Abelard (Old German), a form of Abner (Hebrew), and a form of Abraham (Hebrew).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, arabic, priest (monk), servant, noble, strength, light (bright)


VARIANTS Eb, Abe, Abbe

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ABBAS, ABBOTT, ABDUL, ABELARD, ABNER, ABRAHAM Abad, Abba, Abbey, Abbie, Abbot, Abby, Abdal, Abdel, Abel, Abey, Abie, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Abo, Abot, Abott, Abram, Abran, Avi, Del, Ebby



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How popular is Ab?

Ab is a rare given name for men but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#143847 out of 150436, Top 96%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Ab was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #1154 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Abel (#146 FROM RECENT DATA), Abraham (#164), Abram (#433), Avi (#925), Abner (#1013), Abdul (#1439), Abbas (#1662), Abe (#1859), Abbie, Abbott, Abie and Del are the prominent related forms of Ab. Other forms, like Abnar, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Ab was widespread among parents 3 years ago (ADOPTION OF 0.38%) and has remained as widespread to this day (ADOPTION 0.36%, DOWN 5.4%), but with the version Abe becoming somewhat outmoded. Abel, Abraham, Avi and Abram are four of the more trendy birth names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ab, Abbas, Abbie, Abbott, Abdul in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abe, Abel, Abie, Abner, Abraham in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abram, Avi, Del in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ab is alike in pronunciation to Aube, Ebbe, Ib, Web, Webb and Weeb. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ad, Al, Am and Ax. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ab.

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