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

Abner Origin and Meaning

The name Abner is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of light.".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Abner

Abnar, Abnor, Ebner, Ebnor

Abner's International Variations

Ab, Avner (Israeli)


ParanoidAndroid Says:


First a moderately used Biblical name that was unfairly dumped off of the Top1000 in 1939. Abner, like other Biblical names such as Ephraim, is actually making a slow return to the Top1000. Since 2013, more than one hundred kids have been named Abner each year. Expect that number to increase and for Abner to finally return to the Top1000.

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.