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Gender: Female Meaning of Abigail: "my father is joyful" Origin of Abigail: Hebrew Abigail's Popularity in 2017: #10

The name Abigail is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "my father is joyful". Abigail is ranked #10 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Abigail is 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, which 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.

Find other names based on Abigail using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Abigail

Abigail, sister of King David (1 Chr. 2:16)
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 of "Dear Abby"
Abigail Kathleen Breslin, American actress
Abigail Savage, American actress
Abigail Rich, American model and actress
Abigail Michal Spears, American tennis player
Abigail Anne Folger, American socialite and volunteer
Abigail Lane, English visual artist
Abigail Leigh Spencer, American actress
Abigail Williams, accuser in the 1692 Salem witch trials
Abigail "Gayle" Zsiga, English electronic musician
Mary Abigail "Abby" Wambach, American soccer player
Abigail Lynn "Abby" Dahlkemper, American soccer player
Abigail Nellie "Abby" Waner, American basketball player
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel, American conjoined twin and reality TV personality; twin Brittany Hensel
Abigail Susan "Abby" Eckstein, American child model
Abigail Mawae (b. 2000), daughter of NFL player Kevin Mawae
Abigail Grace Fisher (b. 2008), daughter of singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Matt Fisher
Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey (b. 2014), daughter of U.S. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
Abigail Severino (b. 2015), daughter of baseball player Luis Severino

Pop Culture References for the name Abigail

Abigail Johanna Deveraux, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Abigail Rachel "Abby" 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 Kenner, character in novel "The Lifeboat Clique"
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
Abigail "Abby" Griffin, a character in the TV show The 100
Abigail "Abbie" Rosso- character in the children's novel '10 Kids, No Pets', by Ann M Martin
Abigail "Abby" Williams, character in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible
Abigail "Abby" Bennett Wilson, character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet, character in the TV show The West Wing
Abigail Williams, character in the movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"
"Abigail", song by Motionless in White
Abigail Kirk, character in book and movie "Playing Beatie Bow"
Abigail, a character in the game "Stardew Valley"


TechnoKitten Says:


Adorable,one of my favorites,too bad it's so popular.

burg123 Says:


Love this name but I hate the nickname abby. I wold just go by Abigail

ericakatherine Says:


every teacher at my Christian school has a kid named Abigail

HarrietKimberleyG Says:


A very simple and over popular name. Certainly not my favourite but I would suggest Abigail Annette as a First and Middle.

Ella Says:


My Mom considered naming me this.Some other options for me were

Ella Says:


My Mom considered naming me this.Some other options for me were

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KaiLun Says:


Unfortunately, the first thing I think of is Abigail Williams from the Salem Witch Trials. I like Abby as a nn and I like Abigail Adams though

Piteco Says:


Cute name. I'm not a big fan of "A" names but Abigail is cool.

amberkathleen Says:


We've got 3 boys and now we are expecting a baby girl :-) We are planning this pregnancy to be our last, and we are going to name her Abigail.

sunshinexoxo Says:


There times I like this name and other times when it just seems so meh. It's an okay name, but I don't get why it's so popular.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Believe me, it's very very very very common. (Hi, I'm Abby)

marythefourth Says:


My husband suggested this name after we found out we are having a baby girl, and we both like it. I was shocked to find out it is in the top 10! I never hear this name in my area of the US. My usual rule is absolutely no names in the top 10, but I just don't hear this one often. Is it more popular in other parts of the country?

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I had know idea Abigail was in the top US 10! It is beautiful and delicate. I love the nickname Abbie, Abigail has well deserved its popularity

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name, love Abby as well as the full name.

Abby Scott Says:


I love my name, my name is Abigail. Most people call me Abby, but as I get older people will probably start to call me Abigail more often. It is such a pretty name and classic too! Another thing I love: it can change from more immature and flirtatious and childish nicknames like Abby, to a more adult and professional name like Abigail.

LittleMiss79 Says:


I'm Abigail Sarah (I'm a December 1979 baby). I only knew one other Abigail when I was growing up here in the UK (and her name was spelt 'Abigale'). I'm glad it's more popular now as it means people generally know how to spell it, especially after Storm Abigail! It's a pleasant name to wear.

Reese1976 Says:


We've loved this name for many years. We have 3 boys and plan to name our baby Abigail if this next 'lil darling is a girl. My husband fell in love with it when he found out the meaning. It's a bit too popular now, but we still plan to use it.

headintheclouds Says:


There's just something about Abigail that I never quite warmed up to. The whole impression I get from Abigail is just an eternal milky boring bland empty white canvas. I don't like it, but hate is also too strong of a word for my reaction to it. I don't like the sound and spelling/look of the full name, nor the nicknames Abby and Gail. Abigail's certainly a nice enough classic unobjectionable name for most people, but I just object to it somewhat, for whatever reason. xD

scblovesnames Says:


When I think about this name all I think of is Abigail Adams, and that's a good thing for me. Such a strong name over the years and will never go out of style. I sincerely love this. Only top ten name I'm considering.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This is name is nice but a bit too popular for my taste.

missLis Says:


I despise the nickname Abby

scblovesnames Says:


I sincerely like this name. I really think it deserves its popularity as well. It doesn't sound overused to me despite being a top 10 name.

PineWarrior Says:


This is my younger sister's name-we spell her nickname as Abbie rather than Abby (I prefer my sister's spelling because 'Abby' seems overly modern (and I like old names)). It's a cute name though c:

Abigail Moore Says:


I've seen the shortened version of Abigail as; Abbey, Abbie, Abi, and the one that I have used ever since I could write - Abbi <3

Catastroffy Says:


Where I live this name is considered modern, rather than vintage, and it's not really my style, but I still like it.

Guest Says:


Because of the model Abbey Lee Kershaw I just love Abbey by itself. Abigail is lovely too but too cutesy.

Leah3456 Says:


This name is so chic and the nickname Abby is adorable!

claraminta Says:


My favorite name in the top 10.

jordalini Says:


Everyone I have ever met with this name has been mean, and snotty, I know probably about 10.

stephanieamilea Says:


Abigail is such a lovely name. It's timeless and sounds lovely from babyhood to little old lady. It also sounds a little vintage and au courant, while also being appropriate from a professional stance. My baby niece wears it well!

hazysummerskies Says:


I am not fond of this name. It looks like "a big gal" when written and does not have the most soothing sound.

raevynstar Says:


Okay, I love this name. It deserves its popularity!