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Gender: M Meaning of Abner: "father of light." Origin of Abner: Hebrew

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This neglected Biblical name--it was the name of the commander of Saul's army and appears twice in the New Testament--is ready to flee Dogpatch. It was regularly used in the nineteenth century, but was pretty much demolished by the long-running hillbilly comic strip L'il Abner, which began in 1934 and ran through 1977. A more respectable namesake is Abner Doubleday, who has been credited with inventing baseball.

Abner also has literary credentials, having appeared in works by James Fenimore Cooper, Thomas Hardy and Eugene O'Neill.

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Famous People Named Abner

Abner Doubleday, United States army officer; rumored to have invented baseball
Abner Biberman, actor and director

Pop Culture References for the Name Abner

Abner, name of the pet pig on a 90's cartoon Hey Arnold!
Abner Kravitz, from the show Bewitched
Abner Hale is a character in James Michener's book Hawaii.

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Abner's International Variations

Ab, Avner (Israeli)