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We all know that AB de Villiers stands for Abraham Benjamin de Villiers. But what does AB’s name actually mean? Where did it originate from? Keep reading to find out!

  • The boy’s name Abraham is typically pronounced “AY-bra-ham”, but in AB’s case it is pronounced “AH-brahm”. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “father of a multitude (of nations)”.
  • The boy’s name Benjamin is pronounced BEN-ja-men. It is of Hebrew origin, and its meaning is “son of the right hand; or son of the south”.
  • The surname of de Villiers was a locational name ‘of Villiers’ a spot in France. The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned.

- Information from Family Crests and Think Baby Names

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