The Holy Prophet gave Abu Bakr the surname of Abdullah. Before that, he was known as Abd al-Ka’abah (the worshipper of the Ka’abah) and al-Ateeq (the freed one). Although Lady Aishah had been quoted as stating that the Prophet called Abu Bakr, Ateeq Allah min al-Nar (the person whom Allah has vindicated from the Fire); em> however, sources indicate that Abu Bakr’s father had called him Ateeq long before Islam because of the delicacy of his skin. His mother’s name is reported as being Salma b. Sakher.
Abu Bakr was the fifteenth man to embrace Islam, not the first, as some may believe and in his early days, he made a living selling clothing, as did Uthman b. al-Affan, Abd al-Rahman b. Auf, and Talha b. Ubaydillah.
 Ibn Qutaybah, Al-Marif, 167
 Tarikh al-Tabari, 2:615
 Tabaqat b. Sa’ad, 3:187
 Tarikh al-Tabari, 2:316