The meaning of the name “Abigail” is: “My Father's joy, father of exaltation”.
Additional information: The name Abigail is a modern form derived from the Hebrew name Avigail. This name is seen in Biblical context with a woman named Abigail being the 3rd wife of King David in the Old Testament. In Hebrew, the meaning of this name is said to be "my Father's joy" or "Rejoice Father". Abigail in the Bible is described as a beautiful and intelligent woman by those who knew her. The name also took on the meaning of "a lady's maid," due in part to its use as the name of a maid in the play The Scornful Lady, by Beaumont and Fletcher, in 1616.
Abigail can be spelled with a few alternate spellings, such as Abegail or Abigayle, but neither of these is commonly used around the world anymore. Some variants found in different countries are Abigel in Hungary and Abi in Scotland. Similar names that may have been derived from Abigail include Gayle, Gail, or Gayla. Many nicknames exist for this popular female name, but some of the most commonly used are Abby, Abbie, Abbi, and Gail.
Abigail is a very popular name in English speaking countries as well as some Spanish speaking countries. In 2014 it was ranked as the 8th most popular female baby name in the US, the 46th most popular in the UK, the 10th most popular in Canada, and the 29th most popular in Australia. At its peak, the name was ranked as the 4th most popular in the US in 2005, the 9th most popular in Canada in 2011, the 19th most popular in the UK in 2004, and the 29th most popular in New Zealand in 2010.
Many famous people share the name Abigail, including these well known ladies: Abigail Breslin, an actress; Abigail Ratchford, a model; Abigail Spencer, an actress; Abigail Klein, an actress; and Abigail Adams, the wife of famous US statesman John Adams.
Pronunciation: (AB ih gail) Form of:Avigail Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady
Abigail Hoffman, Canadian athlete
Abigail Lane, British artist
Abigail Breslin, actress.
Considering Abigail as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Abigail for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Abigail is a girl name.
The name Abigail is of Hebrew origin, and is used in more than one countries and different languages of the world, especially English speaking countries, Gaelic speaking countries, Hebrew speaking countries among others.
If you consider naming your baby Abigail we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Abigail Name Meaning
The meaning of Abigail is “My Father's joy, father of exaltation”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Abigail and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Abigail and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Abigail is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Abigail Categories
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Popularity of the Name Abigail
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Abigail displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Abigail Boy Name Popularity Chart
Abigail Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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