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May a child call his father Abba - if his name is Abba?

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up vote 11 down vote accepted

Kibbud Av VaEim UMoraam 6:11 cites two opinions on this subject. Chida and Sdei Chemed argue that indeed in that case the child should use a different title for his father; by contrast, the Ben Ish Chai (in his responsa Torah Lishmah) says that "Abba" is inherently a respectful title.

(It is interesting, too, that we find the amora Shmuel calling his father "Abba" when that was his personal name - Berachos 18b.)

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