Avner means "the father of Ner", but Avner's actual father was named just "Ner"!

Shouldn't Avner's father have been called "Avner", and the son have been called "Ner"?

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There is a very simple answer to your question. Avner had a son, who he named Ner to respect his father, Ner.

  • :-& Duhhhhh .... WHy didn't I think of that???
    – DanF
    Mar 1, 2015 at 18:51

Much as Our Lord and Savior Zaphod Beeblebrox's father was Zaphod Beeblebrox the Second, Avner's father was Ner. Presumably in honor of Our Lord.

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