Meaning and Origin of: Abigail

Abigail meaning and origins

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : A father's joy

What does Abigail mean and stand for?

Abigail, meaning "my father's joy" is directly derived from the Hebrew name, Avigail. It can also be interpreted to mean "my father is exultation" and "my father is joy".

Syllables: 3


According to Social Security Administration data, Abigail has been consistently popular throughout the last decade, peaking in popularity at position four in 2005. It has been in the top ten position since 2001.

However, it is the 32nd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Abigail was at its peak popularity in September and October of 2014.

While the name Abigail has been around since the Old Testament, it may have seen a recent rise in popularity thanks to stars like actresses Abigail Ratchford, Abigail Breslin, and Abigail Spencer. It is also the name of three First Ladies, and has been featured in shows like Days of Our Lives, Mad Men, and Skins.

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Nicknames for Abigail

  • Abs
  • Abby
  • Gail

Pairs well with these middle names