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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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—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.
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