Abigail - girls name

Abigail name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Abigail name meaning:

The name Abigail is of Hebrew origin and holds a beautiful meaning. Abigail is derived from the Hebrew name "Avigayil," which combines the elements "avi" meaning "father" and "gail" meaning "joy." Therefore, the name Abigail can be interpreted as "my father's joy" or "the joy of my father."

The name Abigail has been widely used for centuries and carries a positive connotation. It reflects a sense of happiness, delight, and pride. In biblical context, Abigail was recognized as an intelligent and beautiful woman who demonstrated wisdom and grace, earning respect and admiration. As a result, the name Abigail has become associated with traits such as kindness, loyalty, and wisdom.

In modern times, the name Abigail continues to be a popular choice for parents, seeking to bestow upon their daughters a name that represents joy, happiness, and a strong character. The meaning of the name Abigail is a reminder of the importance of bringing joy and delight to those around us and finding joy in our own lives.

Origin: Hebrew

Father rejoiced, or father's joy. Gives joy. The intelligent, beautiful Abigail was Old Testament King David's third wife, described as 'good in discretion and beautiful in form.' In the 1916 play The Scornful Lady, Abigail was a lady's maid.

Related names

Abigail , Abbey , Abbie , Abby , Abiageal, Gobinet, Gobnait, Gobnat, Gubnat

Other girls names beginning with A


Overall UK ranking: 105 out of 5581

494 recorded births last year

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  • Scotland (73)

Historical popularity of Abigail

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