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Gender: Female Meaning of Abilene: "grass" Origin of Abilene: English from Hebrew

The name Abilene is a girl's name of English origin meaning "grass". Abilene and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Abilene is a rarely used place name, mentioned as such in the New Testament, that combines the cowboy spunk of the Texas city with the midwestern morality of the Kansas town where Dwight D. Eisenhower spent his boyhood. Abilene is a much more untrodden path to the nickname Abbie/Abbie than the Top 10 Abigail.

In 1857, Eliza Hersey named the frontier village of Abilene, Kansas after a vast plain described in Luke's gospel.

Abilene is the title of a Sheryl Crow song, and the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo features a sweet character named Abilene.

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Famous People Named Abilene

Pop Culture References for the name Abilene

Abilene, Texas
Abilene, Kansas, where Dwight D. Eisenhower grew up
"17 in Abilene," song by country music singer Katie Armiger
Abilene, main character in Newbery-Medal winning novel "Moon over Manifest"
Abilene Tulane, character in "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane"
Aibileen Clark (note different spelling), African American maid in Kathryn Stockett's novel and the film "The Help"

Abilena, Abalina, Abiline, Abalene


Lifeisprecious Says:


Living in Abilene, kind of ruins this for me...

Eva Thyssen Says:


Aibileen from The help is a great namesake. Minny was funnier though :D

Megarebegga Says:


I fell in love with this name after reading the book, Moon Over Manifest.

SoDallas3 Says:


Abilene instinctively has that sweet Southern twang. It's feels familiar and yet worlds away from Abby, Abigail etc. The Help's central character is also a nice namesake.

emmie113 Says:


The sad thing is that when I hear this name I think of a cow or a pig, and yet I still adore it. Gotta agree that Abilene from The Help is not a bad namesake. Very southern and sweet, not to mention unique without being weird.

headintheclouds Says:


My first association with this name is definitely Abilene from The Help, not a bad literary namesake. I think Abilene sounds very pretty, would be a more unique alternative to Abigail, and it does have that Southern feel to it. Abie is adorable for a potential nickname.

Alicia1 Says:


I agree, southern flair. I dont hear it much, it's so pretty.

Sunshine.10 Says:


This name has such a sweet, Southern sound. I really like it!