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

The name Abner is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of light.". Abner and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose BOYS - with middle names".

From the experts:

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, U.S. Civil War general; rumored to have invented baseball
Abner Biberman, American actor and director
Abner Nash, American politician; 2nd Governor of North Carolina
Abner Haynes, American NFL football player
Abner Joseph Mikva, U.S. Congressman and White House counsel
Abner Frank Dalrymple, American baseball player
Abner Monroe Perrin, U.S. Civil War general
Abner Wilcox, American missionary to Hawaii
(Abner) Linwood Holton Jr., American politician; 61st Governor of Virginia

Pop Culture References for the name Abner

Li'l Abner Yokum, main character in comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp
Abner, pet pig on animated series "Hey Arnold!"
Abner Kravitz, character on TV's "Bewitched"
Abner Hale, character in James Michener's "Hawaii"
Abner Ronald Jenkins, character in Marvel Comics
Abner Brown, character in John Masefield's "The Box of Delights"

Abnar, Abnor, Ebner, Ebnor

Abner's International Variations

Ab, Avner (Israeli)


beachbear Says:


I always think of Arnold's pig in "Hey Arnold".

RoddyThlayli Says:


My first thought is Abner Marsh from Fevre Dream. Not a bad association, but I just don't really like the sound.

AliciaDawn Says:


Abner was my grandfathers name. When I was little I didn't realize how unique a name this was. It always gets a reaction when I tell someone. :)

lesliemarion Says:


Love this name! L'il Abner was before my time and though I do think of Abner Kravitz, the funny neighbor on the old Bewitched show, I still like it. Abe is a great nickname.

raevynstar Says:


Thanks. :)

faithnamer Says:


I'm fairly certain that it's ABB-ner, as in "dab".

raevynstar Says:


Is it ABB-ner or ABE-ner (does the first syllable rhyme with "dab" or "Gabe")?

Schickler Says:


I met a little boy named Abner last year and it was such a pleasant surprise! Fits in with the other -er ending names these days, a bit vintage, easy to pronounce and spell. Really like it.