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Gender: F Meaning of Abigail: "my father is joyful" Origin of Abigail: Hebrew Abigail's Popularity in 2013: #8

Abigail, an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers -- that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, leading to a fall from favor. Now, Abigail's back in a big way--it is Number 8 on the 2013 list-- liked for its slightly proper vintage charm.

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. But whatever style currency Abigail had over the past decade is beginning to flag. There may be a lot of reasons you still might want to choose Abigail for your baby girl, but fashion shouldn't be one of them.

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.

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Famous People Named Abigail

Abigail, Biblical wife of David
Abigail Adams, U.S. First Lady as wife of 2nd President John Adams
Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith, daughter of Abigail and John Adams
Abigail Powers Fillmore, U.S. First Lady as wife of President Millard Fillmore
Abigail Van Buren, pen name of Pauline and Jeanne Phillips, American advice columnists
Abigail Kathleen Breslin, American actress
Abigail Savage, American actress
Abigail Rich, American model and actress
Abigail Michal Spears, American tennis player
Abigail Williams, accuser in the 1692 Salem witch trials
Abigail Anne Folger, American socialite and volunteer
Abigail Lane, English visual artist
Abigail Leigh Spencer, American actress
Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach, American soccer player
Abigail Nellie "Abby" Waner, American basketball player
Abigail Breslin, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Abigail

Abigail Johanna Deveraux, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Abigail "Abby" Rachel Carlton Newman, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Abigail "Abby" Scuito, character on TV's 'NCIS'
Abigail Armstrong, character on Australian TV's "Dance Academy"
Abigail "Abbie" Carmichael, character on TV's "Law & Order"
Abigail Hobbs, character on TV's 'Hannibal'
Dr. Abigail Chase, main character in National Treasure movies
Abigail Nixon, character on British TV's "The Bill"
Abigail Whitman, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Abigail "Abby" Whelan, character on TV's 'Scandal'
Abigail Lytar, character on TV's "Psych"
Abigail "Abby" Mills, character on TV's "Sleepy Hollow"
Sister Abigail, character in movie 'Orphan'
Abigail "Abby" Davies, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Abigail Salmon, character in book/movie "The Lovely Bones"
Abigail "Abby" Lincoln (a.k.a. Numbah 5), one of the main characters on Codename: Kids Next Door
Abigail Merriweather, character in "This golden land" by Barbara Wood
"Abigail," song and concept album by King Diamond

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