Origin : Hebrew

my father is joyful

The name Abigail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father is joyful". Abigail comes from the Hebrew name Avigail and is derived from the Hebrew elements ab, meaning “father,” and g-y-l, meaning “to rejoice.” In the Old Testament, Abigail was the wife of David, said to be beautiful, wise, and prophetic. In the early nineteenth century, Abigail became a term for a maid. Abigail’s maid associations led to a fall from favor. Now, Abigail's back in a big way—it's been among the Top 10 girls' names for several years and one of the most popular girls' names starting with A —favored for its slightly proper vintage charm. One of the most classic Hebrew names for girls, Abigail has been the name of two of our First Ladies—three, if you count the character on The West Wing—and Abby has been the name of a host of television and movie characters—she has been seen on screen in everything from Mad Men to The Lovely Bones. Abigail's biblical roots and her sensible image combined with cute, accessible nickname Abby make her popularity understandable. If you like Abigail but want something fresher, you may consider such other biblical choices as Lydia and Priscilla or names popular in Revolutionary Era America that have been neglected in recent years, such as Susannah and Eliza.

Popularity of name Abigail over time

There are 366963 people in the U.S. with the first name Abigail, this name was mostly popular in 2003 with popularity 15928 .

Abigail is used for both genders.

0.17 percent of people with the first name Abigail are man

99.83 percent of people with the first name Abigail are woman

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Most Famous People Named Abigail

American actress
character on TV's 'NCIS'
daughter of Abigail and John Adams
character on TV's 'Hannibal'
American actress
sister of King David (1 Chr. 2:16)
character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
U.S. First Lady as wife of President Millard Fillmore
main character in National Treasure movies
pen name of Pauline and Jeanne Phillips
American actress
U.S. First Lady as wife of 2nd President John Adams
character on TV's "Mad Men"
character on Australian TV's "Dance Academy"
American model and actress
character on British TV's "The Bill"
English visual artist
American tennis player
character on TV's "Psych"
character in novel "The Lifeboat Clique"
character on TV's "Law & Order"
American socialite and volunteer
character on TV's 'Scandal'

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