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

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.

Famous People Named Abner

Abner Doubleday, U.S. Civil War general; rumored to have invented baseball
Abner Biberman, American actor and director
Abner Nash, 2nd Governor of North Carolina, USA
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

Pop Culture References for the name Abner

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

Abnar, Abnor, Ebner, Ebnor

Abner's International Variations

Ab, Avner (Israeli)