The 1909 book A Dictionary of the Proper Names of the Old and New Testament by James Beaumont Jackson states this about the name's meaning:

"Meaning: without books, or without king."

In addition, the 1855 book The Proper Names of The Bible by John Farrar also states this about the meaning of the name:

"A-be-le'-ne, father of the apartment, or of mourning. A small province of Syria, between Libanus and Antilibanus. Luke iii. 1."
Feiticeiro  11/18/2019
A pretty name. As another commenter stated, this could be a good alternative to Abigail if you want the nickname "Abby". It's definitely on my list, and it's also not too common either.
Feiticeiro  10/2/2019
This name really grew on me. I hated it, and now I love it (Not as much as I love the name Ocean, though).
Whippppppppp  9/22/2019
This name is okay. I don't like it, but I don't dislike it.
kayisforkeen  8/22/2018
The name Abilene was given to 30 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2018
Abilene is a very pretty unusual name, that could even work for secular parents since it doesn't have a religious meaning. And the meaning of the popular name Chloe also has to do with grass.
― Anonymous User  1/29/2018
My daughter was born in 1966. Her Daddy and I are both Texas Born, Texas Raised and Texas Saved. The song "Abilene" by George Hamilton IV was very popular at the time. Her daddy asked if we could name our baby Dallas if a boy or Abilene if a girl. I, of course, agreed. When our Sweet Abilene was growing up she insisted on being called by her birth name. Nobody was allowed to call her Abby, she wouldn't have it. She never allowed anyone to call her Abby until she joined the U.S. Marine Corps. The drill instructor informed her her name would be Abby when he spoke to her. She has allowed the shortened version of her name to be used since then. She is now a Registered Nurse and works in a dialysis and all of her co-workers and patients call her Abby. I have never called her anything besides Abilene and often refer to her as My Sweet Abilene (a line from the song).

We have a nephew named Austin. We have also known other children that were named for Texas cities such as Tyler and Hondo (shades of John Wayne there). I even had a student named Dalice. Her parents wanted the name but not the spelling (Dallas).
MissKittyKat  5/21/2017
We are naming our first daughter Abilene Rose. Which is coincidentally the name of a song by Marty Robbins. I think it's unique and beautiful.
econgrad09  3/26/2016
I love the Sheryl crow song Abilene (Abbey-leen) and I have always remembered this name because of it. I like that it's unusual, yet has a well known nickname Abbie, Abi, and Lena and I guess also Billie if you pronounce it Ah-bill-een. I like that it's biblical, though if it really means grass, I'm not sure that is a good thing, as that to me just sounds like a type of marijuana. And coincidence, Sheryl crow lives in California! I would not be at all surprised if there actually is a genus of cannabis called Abilene. But aside from all that, it is a lovely name.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2015
I love this name in contrast to lengthy Evangeline. I remember reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is 2nd grade and instantly loving it.
al84  9/24/2015
Abilene Tulane from The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2015
"ab-i-LEE-nee (English)"

aerynna  8/15/2014
The name Abilene was given to 65 baby girls born in the US in 2012 :)
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Very sweet name, but I pronounce it ay-bill-leen. That's the only way I've ever heard it pronounced.
― Anonymous User  1/30/2013
According to another site this name means "hazelnut".
― Anonymous User  5/15/2010
This name does not mean hazelnut, but the name Aveline is a French word for it.
queen_vic  10/10/2015
My family lived in Abilene, TX, and my father attended Abilene Christian College in the early 60's. The residents of Abilene, TX pronounce it AB-i-leen.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2008
I first heard this name from the book: "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate Dicamillo. I loved her character and the sweetness about her, I immediately fell in love with this name.
marythenamefairy  9/27/2008
Abi, Lenny, or Leeni (pronounced Lee-Ne)
spaz123  9/17/2007
In Spanish it's pronounced ah-bee-lehn-ay.
― Anonymous User  1/20/2007
This is also the name of a city in Texas.
Zinoviya  9/2/2006
This is also a title of a Sheryl Crow song: "Abilene", from her 2002 album C'Mon, C'Mon.
kanine  5/27/2006
This name is actually quite pretty for a girl, maybe an alternative to Abigail with the nickname Abby.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2006

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