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TypeSurname (from nickname & from occupation)
UsageItalian

Meaning & History

From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesAbbott English Abt German
Entry updated August 26, 2016   Contribute