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)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Abigail and associated names. 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 the year 2003 and is now significantly lower, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)