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Meaning of Abigail

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The name Abigail 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, Abigail is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 5 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In both Years 2008 and 2009, the name Abigail remained at the same ranking of 8.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Abigail in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Abigail is pronounced as eh-bee-gale


Abigail originates from the Hebrew language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Abigail and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Abigail: Boys - Abraham, Caleb, Elijah, Emmanuel, Gideon, Hyman, Jesus, Meir, Moses, Myer, Saul, Seth, Girls - Dara, Datya, Both genders - Matthew


Popular Variants for the name Abigail: Abagail, Abbegale, Abbey (English), Abbie (English), Abbigail, Abby (English), Abbygale, Abbygayle, Abegale (Spanish), Abey, Abiagael, Abie, Abigale, Abigayle (English), Abygayle, Avagail


Common nicknames for the name Abigail are: Abby, Gail


We think the name Abigail 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 Abigail to be: A little conservative, but smart and affable girl

In one word, you might describe Abigail as a(n) "traditional" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Abigail (or its variants) are:

Abigail Van Buren, born on 4 July, a famous advice columnist. Abigail Van Buren's background: Born on 4 July 1918. She had a twin sister, Ester Pauline Friedman who also wrote an advice column.

Abigail Adams, born on 11 November, a famous first lady. Abigail Adams's background: Wife of President John Adams, the second President of the United States. Her intelligence can be seen by the fact that her advice was often sought out by her husband on many matters. Her letters of correspondence with her husband were filled with intelligent discussion about government and politics then, and now provides us with valuable historical insights on the situation back then.

Abigail Filmore, born on 13 March , a famous first lady. Abigail Filmore's background: Born in 1798 in New York, she married Millard Fillmore in 1825 and had a daughter also known as Mary Abigail. She was First Lady from 1850 to 1853.
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