The meaning of Abbott is ‘priest’, and ‘father’. It is one of the popular spiritual names in America. Studies have shown that Abbot was very popular during the 1880s, and since then the number of boys named Abbot started to fall, to the point that barely 200 boys were named Abbot from 1918 till 2010. Since then, the name has picked up again, and there are many boys named Abbot. Abbot is also a title given to the higher priests who are the head of the church. The name Abbot comes of Old English origin, it is a title given to priests who are the head of the church and hold a respectable position.