Pronunciation: \a-bner, ab-ner\
Gender / Sex: boy
Meaning: father of light
Variant forms: Ab, Abbey, Abbie, Abby, Abe, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Avner, Eb, Ebbie, Ebby, Ebner
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 4538
Abner \a-bner, ab-ner\ as a boy's 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.
Abner has 13 variant forms: Ab, Abbey, Abbie, Abby, Abe, Abna, Abnar, Abnor, Avner, Eb, Ebbie, Ebby and Ebner.
View a list of the 4 names that reference Abner.
Abner is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#4538 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)