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

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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, wife of David in the Old Testament
Abigail Adams (1744-1818), wife of 2nd US president John Adams
Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith (1765-'13), Abigail & John Adams' child
Abigail Powers Fillmore, wife of former US president Millard Fillmore
Abigail Van Buren, American advice columnist
Abigail Breslin, American teen actress
Abigail Savage, actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Abigail

Sister Abigail, character from 'Orphan'
Abby Lockhart, doctor in the American television series 'ER'
Abigail "Abby" Scuito forensic scientist in the series 'NCIS'
Abigail Armstrong, from Australian TV series Dance Academy
Abigail Hobbs, character from the television show 'Hannibal'
Dr. Abigail Chase, protagonist in the National Treasure movies
Abigail Nixon, character from English TV series "The Bill"
Abigail "Abby" Whelan, 'Scandal'
Abigail Lytar, from the TV series "Psych"
Abigail "Abby" Mills, character from the tv show Sleepy Hollow
Abigail Williams, the main antagonist in Arthur Miller's play "The Crucible "
Abigail Merriweather, character from This golden land, by Barbara Wood

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