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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 "Generation CAF #12 (international friends)".

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.

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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"