Usage: Abigail, of Hebrew origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Abigail are in general originating from United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Abigail across the world, see Avigail.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 5.
The name Abigail is ranked on the 834th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 309300 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.01% of the population.
The name Abigail has seven characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Abigail for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Abigail is a female given name. The name comes from the Hebrew name אֲבִיגַיִל / אֲבִיגָיִל Avigail, meaning “my father’s joy” (alternatively “my father rejoices”, or “my father is joy”).
Abigail was the wife of King David in the Hebrew Bible (Book of Samuel), and is described as an intelligent and beautiful woman.
The name Abigail can be shortened to “Abby”, “Abbey”, “Abbi”, “Abbie”, “Abbe”, “Abi”, “Abbye”, or “Aby”, as well as “Gail” or “Gayle.”
Biblical: name (meaning ‘father of exaltation’ in Hebrew) borne by one of King David's wives, who had earlier been married to Nabal (I Samuel 25: 3), and by the mother of Absalom's captain Amasa (2 Samuel 1: 25). The name was popular in the 17th century under Puritan influence. It was a common name in literature for a lady's maid, for example in Beaumont and Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady (1616), partly no doubt because the biblical Abigail refers to herself as ‘thy servant’. In Ireland this name has traditionally been used as an Anglicized form of Gobnait, although the reasons for this are not clear.
Pet forms: English, Irish: Abbie, Abbey.
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