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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Babu, Abt, Abe, Lu, Baba, Ahl, Babe, Lau, Alf, Aye

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In 1940, Farmer and Assembler were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Abu. 34% of Abu men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Abu women worked as an Assembler. Some less common occupations for Americans named Abu were Store Keeper and House Hoop

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Stareteeber
  • Store Keeper

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Assembler
  • House Hoop

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Between 1973 and 2004, in the United States, Abu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 2004, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Abu in 1973 was 29, and 20 in 2004.

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