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Origin, Meaning and History of Abbigail

Abbigail is one of the rare variations of the feminine given name Abigail. Its roots can be traced back to the Hebrew name Avigail, which translates to ‘my father is joy.’ The name is made up of two root elements, ‘av,’ meaning father, and ‘gil,’ which means ‘joy.’ Therefore, the name can also be interpreted as ‘my father’s joy,’ ‘my father is exulted,’ or ‘my father is joyful.’

The name Abigail has also been referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. Abigail was mentioned as the wife of Nabal and King David. She is known for her wisdom, loyalty, and beauty. She is also briefly mentioned as Amasa’s mother who was a commander in Absalom’s army. Absalom was David’s third son and Amasa was his nephew.

Abigail can be commonly found in Puritan households and became popular during the Protestant Reformation. Its usage during the 17th century was heavily influenced by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher’s play ‘The Scornful Lady.’ Its popularity declined a few decades after but revived in the 20th century.

Abbigail has innumerable spelling variations in different languages. In many Arab countries, the name is spelled as Abighail. It is spelled Abigail or Abigaïl in Dutch, Apikalia and ʻApikaʻila in Hawaiian, Abigeál in Irish, and Abigaille in Italian. Some English diminutive of Abbigail include Gaila, Abbey, Gayle, Abbi, Abi, Abs, Abbie, Abby, Gail, Gail, and Gayla. (1) (3)

The name Abbigail is rarely used for fictional characters. However, its other variants were found in plenty of films, television series, video games, and books.


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My father's joy; my father is exulted
1 word, 8 letters, 4 vowels, 4 consonants
Medium length and moderately easy to pronounce

How To Pronounce Abbigail?

Pronounced as ah-buh-geyl

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Listen to the sound of the name Abbigail in English.

Abbigail On The Popularity Chart

The name Abbigail has been well-loved by Americans over the years. Check the graphs below for a better understanding.

Popularity of Abbigail Over Time

The name saw a significant rise in popularity between 1993 to 2009. It reached its peak in 2009 with 676 babies per million named Abbigail.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Abbigail fared well well ranking charts over the years. It entered the list of top 500 names in the US in 2002 at 484th position.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Abbigail

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Popular Sibling Names For Abbigail

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Boy Sibling Names For Abbigail

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Girl Sibling Names For Abbigail

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Names With Similar Meaning As Abbigail

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Popular Songs On The Name Abbigail

Acrostic Poem On Abbigail

Dive into the lyrical charm of the name Abbigail with this acrostic poem. Witness how each letter paints together a story, capturing the name’s individuality, strength, vitality, and sophistication. Inspiring, is it? Why not try a similar poem that describes what you think of your baby’s personality?


Adventurous spirit taking flights to discover the unknown.


Brave and carrying a legacy of courage and fearless spirit.


Bearer of the good news that echoes through the brook.


Insightful and calm, always a charm.


Graciously gregarious, you are wondrously generous and curious.


Angelic and divine, a little beacon of light.


Imagination beyond compare, an inspiration for everyone you care.


Lighthearted and loyal, you sure deserve all things royal.

Abbigail’s Zodiac Sign And Birth Star As Per Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology, also called Jyotisha, provides deep insights into a person’s life based on celestial positions at birth. Rashi and nakshatra, which are an integral part of Jyotisha, are believed to influence an individual’s personality and life events. The following sections give you rashi-related information, such as the associated letters, elements, ruling body, quality, and nakshatra for the name abbigail. These details help analyze a person’s characteristics, personality, and behavior.

Zodiac Sign (Rashi)

As shown in the following table, each rashi is associated with specific sounds, which are often used as the starting letters of names for newborns in Hindu families. Each rashi is represented by a figure and one of the five elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether (Space). One ruling celestial body, known as its 'rashi lord' or 'ruler' is assigned to these rashis. These bodies include Venus, Mars, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn. Furthermore, the rashis are assigned various qualities or gunas.

Rashi (zodiac sign)Mesha (Aries)
Starting letters for Mesha (Aries) rashiA, L, E, I, O
Ruling bodyMars
QualityMovable (chara)

Birth Star (Nakshatra)

Another important aspect of Vedic Astrology is the nakshatras, the lunar constellations or star clusters that the Moon occupies during a person's birth. There are 27 nakshatras, each with its own unique qualities, attributes, and symbolism. Each rashi contains two-and-one-fourth nakshatras in it. For example, Aries contains Ashwini, Bharani, and Krithika nakshatras.

The below table provides information on the nakshatras’ degrees on the zodiac circle, their lords and related syllables, for babies born in the Mesha (Aries) rashi. These syllables/phonetics are popularly used to choose the baby name. For precise nakshatra calculation based on your baby's birthplace and date, use our Nakshatra Calculator.

NakshatraDegrees Of The NakshatraNakshatra
Lord (Ruler)
Name Syllables
Ashwini (Awasthi, Aswini)Aries (0 to 13.20 degrees)KetuChu, Che, Cho, Choo, La, Laa
BharaniAries (13. 20 to 26.40 degrees)VenusLee, Lu, Le, Lo, Li
Krittika (Karthikai, Krithika)Aries (26.40 to 30.00 degrees)SunAa, Ae, E, Ee, Ai, A, I, Oo, U

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Abbigail In Different Languages

It’s exciting to see our baby’s name spelled and written in various languages. See how people spell Abbigail in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and more! Each language has its own way of saying Abbigail, but it’s still the same special name. Learn how the name looks and sounds in different languages around the world!

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How To Communicate The Name Abbigail In Sign Languages

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Name Numerology For Abbigail

Numerology is an occult system that gives significance to numbers and their influence on human life and destiny. Numerologists attribute specific qualities, energies, and characteristics to a number. Parents who believe in numerology prefer to choose baby names that resonate positively with the child’s unique numerical vibrations, often derived from their date of birth. Here we give a general birth number and personality traits of the name Abbigail, based on the Pythagorean (Western) system. This analysis will differ from child to child based on their date of birth. You may use our numerology calculator for more personalized information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the meaning of the name Abbigail?

The name Abbigail means ‘my father’s joy.’

2. What is the origin of the name Abbigail?

Abbigail has a Hebrew origin.

3. How to pronounce the name Abbigail?

Abbigail is pronounced as ah-buh-geyl.

4. Is Abbigail a popular baby name?

Abbigail first appeared in the US SSA’s popular baby names list in 1995 and peaked in popularity in 2009. However, the name’s popularity declined, and the name has not ranked in the top 1000 baby names in the US since 2015 (1). It indicates that Abbigail is not a common name in the US.

5. Is Abbigail a biblical name?

The name Abbigail is not considered a traditional biblical name. Instead, it is a variation of the name Abigail, found in the Bible. In the Old Testament, Abigail is mentioned as the wife of Nabal and later became one of King David’s wives after Nabal’s passing (2).


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