What does Abigail mean?
Abigail /abi-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. 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▼.
Related girl name: Avichayil.
Abigail has 1 masculine form: Gale.Kreatif forms: Abigailla, Abigaillia, Aligail. [more]
How popular is Abigail?
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 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Abby (#389 2 years ago), Abbigail (#857), Abigayle, Gail, Gayle, Gale, Abigale, Abi, Abbey, Abbi, Abbie and Abagail. Adoption of these relations of Abigail was widespread among parents in 2003 (usage of 0.3017%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1343%, ▼55.5%). Abigail has been the most adopted, while Abby has gained in usage, and Abbigail has become less contemporary. Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Abigail and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)