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Abigail Meaning


What does Abigail mean?

The name Abigail is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Abigail is "my father is joyful".

Abigail is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 7 letters and 4 syllables and is pronounced A-bi-gay-il.

The Given Name Abigail

Abigail is derived from the Hebrew elements Ab or Abi (אב) meaning "father" and gil (גיל) meaning to "rejoice or be joyful".

The name is also used in Ireland as an anglicized form of the Irish name Gobnat.

The name Abigail was borne by two women in the Bible who were referenced under a number of spellings. It was the name of King David's sister. It was also the name of King David's third wife, who married him upon the death of her husband Nabal.

Because King David's wife referred to herself as David's "handmaid", the name also became widely used as a term for a lady's maid as in the play "The Scornful Lady" (1616) by Beaumont and Fletcher.

Two U.S. First Ladies also bore the name Abigail. Abigail Adams and Abigail Van Buren.

Abigail falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Abigail Adams, and Abigail Breslin.

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Abigail Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 11 in baby name popularity for girls with 9,796 occurrences. It ranked 6,667 in baby name popularity for boys with 12 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 10 in baby name popularity for girls with 10,607 occurrences. It ranked 10,765 in baby name popularity for boys with 6 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Abigail has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Abigail Name Popularity Page.

Abigail Related Names

Famous Abigails

  • Abigail ~ Biblical Character (1 Chr. 2:16, 1 Sam. 25:3)
  • Abigail Adams ~ U. S. First Lady (1797-1801)
  • Abigail Breslin ~ Actress
  • Abigail Fillmore ~ U. S. First Lady (1850-1853)

Abigail Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Abigail.

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Abigail Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Abigail in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Abigail.

Just for fun, see the name Abigail in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Abigail in Nautical Flags page.