Meaning of Abby
and the Origins of this baby name
The name Abby has the following meaning:
Derived from the Hebrew language, this name has the meaning "My Father is joyful". This biblical name was adopted by the Puritans and enjoyed vast popularity in the 18th century, before sinking into obscurity for a century. Afterwards, it was revived when old names became the fashion. Abigail is also an Old Testament character, who saved her husband from King David's wrath, and went on to marry King David after her husband's death.
It is a female name, suitable for baby girls.
As a baby girl name, Abby is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 180 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).
In 2009, the name Abby rose in popularity, moving up the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 3 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 257 in the Top 1000 charts.
The following chart shows the popularity of the name Abby in the USA, over the past 100 years.
The following names are baby names related to Abby and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Abby: Boys - Abraham
, Girls - Dara
, Both genders - Matthew
The name Abby is a variant of Abigail
. Other popular variants of the name Abigail are: Abagail
We think the name Abby should fall under the following style category: Traditional
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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Abby to be: A little conservative, but smart and affable girl
In one word, you might describe Abby as a(n) "traditional
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