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Names That Mean Mother or Father

Names that mean mother or father exist in many cultures and range from the familiar and popular to the unique and rare.

The top names meaning father are Abigail and Abraham and their many variations. Along with Abigail and Abraham, other names meaning father or mother in the US Top 1000 include Axl and Maia

A name meaning mother or father can be a fresh way to honor a parent or other ancestor. Look to specific meanings for one that might work for you.

  • Abba

    The name Abba is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father". Double exposure: 1970s rock sensation (Mamma Mia) and scholar/diplomat name in Israel. Read More 

  • Abbas

    The name Abbas is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "lion, stern". Not one of the five hundred names of Muhammad, but that of his uncle. Read More 

  • Abbie

    The name Abbie is a unisex name meaning "my father is joyful". Abbie is a gently old-fashioned nickname name that owes its rising popularity to Top 10 Abigail. Abby may be the more usual spelling... Read More 

  • Abbigail

    The name Abbigail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father is joyful". A fast-rising variation of Abigail that was shooting up the popularity charts a few years ago, but whose star is... Read More 

  • Abbott

    The name Abbott is a unisex name of Aramaic origin meaning "father". This traditionally male surname name could find new life for girls thanks to its similarity to the popular Abby and Abigail. Read More 

  • Abbott

    The name Abbott is a unisex name of Hebrew origin meaning "father". Abbott is a neglected masculine surname with religious overtones as the head of a monastery. Though the feminine nickname Abby... Read More 

  • Abby

    The name Abby is a unisex name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father is joyful". Gently old-fashioned stand-alone nickname that owes its popularity to mega popular Abigail.Read More 

  • Abiah

    The name Abiah is a unisex name meaning "God is my father". Abiah is a Biblical name that appears for both female and male figures. It may be considered the same as the name Abijah in the Bible;... Read More 

  • Abiah

    The name Abiah is a unisex name of Hebrew origin meaning "God is my father". Abiah is a gentle, rarely used Old Testament name belonging to Samuel's second son. This makes a good choice for the... Read More 

  • Abidan

    The name Abidan is a boy's name meaning "my father is judge". In the Old Testament, Abidan was indeed a judge, head of the tribe of Benjamin and a leader at the time of the Exodus. Dan and Ab... Read More 

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