What does Abigail mean?
Abigail \a-bi-gail\ as a girls' name is pronounced AB-ih-gayl. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Abigail is "father of exaltation". Biblical: the name of King David's third wife, described as "good in discretion and beautiful in form". She referred to herself as David's "handmaid", and her name became widely used as a term for a lady's maid. The name first came into use in Britain in the 16th century, under Puritan influence. Abbie, Abbey, and Abby are pet forms; Abegail is the Spanish form. Abigail Adams, wife of President John Adams; advice columnist Abigail Van Buren.
Abigail has 43 variants: Abagael, Abagail, Abagale, Abageal, Abagil, Abaigael, Abba, Abbe, Abbee, Abbegail, Abbegale, Abbey▼, Abbi, Abbie▼, Abbigael, Abbigai, Abbigail▼, Abbigale, Abbigayle, Abby, Abbye, Abbygael, Abbygail, Abbygale, Abegail, Abegale, Abgail, Abi, Abigael, Abigal, Abigale▼, Abigall, Abigayl, Abigayle▼, Abigel, Abigil, Gael, Gail▼, Gaila, Gal, Gale▼, Gayel and Gayle▼.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Avichayil.
Abigail has 1 masculine form: Gale.
Abigail is a very prominent first name for women (#520 out of 4276, Top 12%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Abigail for girls. Abigail reached its top position of #4 in the U.S. in the year 2005, and is presently at #8. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Abigail (#8 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Abby (#389 the previous year), Abbigail (#857), Abigayle, Gail, Gayle, Gale, Abigale, Abi, Abbey, Abbi, Abbie and Abagail. Adoption of these girl names was at its highest in 2003 (usage of 0.3017%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.1343%, down 55.5%), with forms like Abbigail, Abbie, Abbey, Abigale and Gayle falling out of style. Abigail (#8) and Abby (#389) are two of the more fashionable girl names in this compilation, with Abby and Abigail going through a revival in popularity. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Abigail and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)