Abu Name Meaning

Muslim and Jewish (Sephardic): from Arabic abu ‘father’, in Muslim names used to form the ‘kunya’ (name meaning ‘father of’) in combination with the name of a man’s child, usually his firstborn son. Thus, a man might be addressed as Abu ?Hasan ‘father of Hasan’ rather than by his personal name, say ?Ali. In traditional Muslim society, a man is generally known and addressed by his kunya, rather than by his ism (his personal name), the use of which can seem unduly familiar. Abu-Bakr, literally ‘father of the Young Camel’ is the name by which Muhammad’s son-in-law, the first of the ‘rightly guided’ khalifs (ruled 632–634) is known. Abu-?Talib ‘father of the Seeker’ was an uncle of the Prophet Muhammad. Abu-Fadl, ‘father of the Virtuous one’ was the kunya of ?Abbas, another uncle of the Prophet Muhammad. A kunya may also be used to form a nickname, as in the case of Abu-Turab ?Ali ‘Ali, father of dust’, a kunya of Khalif Ali, the fourth of the ‘rightly guided’ khalifs, conferred on him by the Prophet Muhammad.

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List of People with Surname Abu

In accordance with our records, there are a total of 813 people with the surname Abu. Among these people surnamed Abu, there are nearly 171 different names, with an average of 4 people having the same name. El Abu, Bakar Abu and Mohammed Abu are the top three most common names from the list of people surnamed Abu, with 23, 17 and 17 people respectively.

Besides that, Our findings indicate that California has the highest number of people surnamed Abu, with a total of 139 people, and there are a total of 72 different names among these people. Texas is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Abu, with a total of 74 people and an average of 48 different names.