Abner Name Meaning & Origin
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USAGE: English, Biblical, Biblical Latin
OTHER SCRIPTS: אַבְנֵר (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: AB-nər (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Abenner (Biblical Greek), Avner (Biblical Hebrew), Avner (Hebrew)
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(Hebrew) Father of light; Bible: the commander of Saul's army
Means "my father is a light" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament, Abner was a cousin of Saul and the commander of his army. It has been used as an English Christian given name since the Protestant Reformation. It was popular with the Puritans, who brought it to America in the 17th century.
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Abner Haynes, former NFL running back.
Abner Doubleday, American Civil War general. He is also commonly remembered as the inventor of baseball, but this is only a legend.
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Li'l Abner, American satirical comic strip featuring a fictional clan of hillbillies in Kentucky. It was also made into a Broadway musical and film.
Abner, pet pig of Arnold on "Hey Arnold" TV show