What does Abby mean?
Abby [ab-by] as a name for girls (also used less commonly as boys' name Abby) is a Hebrew name, and the meaning of the name Abby is "father of exaltation". Abby is an alternate form of Abigail (Hebrew).
Abby has 1 more relation via Abigail: Abbe.Creative forms:
(female) Abay, Auby, ..
(male) Abar, Abbyn, .. Middle name pairings:
Abby Araya (A.A.), ..
How popular is Abby?
Abby is a very prominent first name for females (#694 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#56526 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Abby reached its apex rank of #163 in the U.S. in 2003, and is at #437 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source form and related girl names. Abbe, Abbey (#1411 in 2015), Abbi, Abbie (#1180), Abi and Abigail (#7) are the prominent related forms of Abby (#437 in 2015). Other variants, like Abbye, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Abby reached its most widespread a decade ago (adoption of 1.3%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.8%, 36% less), with versions such as Abbie becoming less trendy. Abigail is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these.
Abby▼ is pronounced similarly to Abia, Abiah, Eba, Ebba, Ebo, Ibbie and Oba. Other recommended names are Abebi, Abir, Abra, Abri, Addy, Adey, Ady, Aggy, Agy, Aimy, Alba, Alby, Aley, Alfy (see Alfreda), Ally, Alvy, Amey, Amy▼, Andy, Angy, Anny, Arly, Ashby, Aubry, Bobby▼, Debby▼, Fiby, Gaby, Joby, Libby, Liby, Robby, Ruby, Tabby, Tibby and Toby. These names tend to be less commonly used than Abby.See names in meaning and etymology.