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What does Abner mean?

Abner Pronunciation of Abner 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 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH light (bright), biblical, king, chief (leader), valiant (brave), clever (intelligent), 16th century


VARIANTS Ab, Abbey, Abbie, Abby, Abe, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Avner, Eb, Ebbie, Ebby, Ebner

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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Abner entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #338 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #1013. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Ab, Abbie, Abe (#1859 LAST YEAR) and Ebbie are the popular alternative forms of Abner (#1013) listed in the Top 2000. These forms of Abner were favored by parents in the 1880s (MEDIAN #930) and have become much less popular since (#1774, 77% LESS USAGE).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abner, Ab, Abbie, Abe, Ebbie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Abbe, Abdel, Abeer, Abeeri (see Abir), Abel, Abert, Abey, Abie, Abiel, Abir, Able, Abyel, Acer, Adler, Adnet, Adney, Alger, Alter, Ameer, Amer, Ammer, Ander, Anker, Arne, Arnel, Arnet, Arney, Asher, Asser, Aymer, Eber, Einer and Miner. These names tend to be more frequently used than Abner.

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