Gender Masculine
Usage Arabic
Scripts أبو(Arabic)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈʔa.buː/  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

Means "father of" in Arabic. This is commonly used as an element in a kunya, which is a type of Arabic nickname. The element is combined with the name of one of the bearer's children (usually the eldest son). In some cases the kunya is figurative, not referring to an actual child, as in the case of the Muslim caliph Abu Bakr.



Entry updated November 16, 2019