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Abigail

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Meaning and origin
Abigail is a German girl name. The meaning of the name is `father (i.e., "leader") of the dance, or "of joy."`.


Where is it used?
The name Abigail is mainly used in English, German and in the bible.

How do they say it elsewhere?
Abegail (In Spanish)
Abigayle (In English (Modern))


If it's too long people might use
In English: Abbey
In English: Abbie
In English: Gail
In English: Abby


See also
In English (Modern): Gayle
In English: Gayla
In English: Gaila
In English: Gale


Extra information:
Alternative meanings (Old English) God is Joy

What Abigail`s say about their name
  1. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Not many people are named Abigail
    The worst thing about the name:
    WHEN PEOPLE ASSUME I GO BY ABBY. I hate being called Abby tbh
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I think I would've been named rose? Idk I was a surprise. My parents were expecting one but got two lol
    Extra information:
    Pls don't call and Abigail Abby unless she tells you to.
  2. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Its pretty and everyone can say it
    The worst thing about the name:
    it is VERY common
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    my mom wanted to name me Elaine
    Extra information:
    i go by abby usually
  3. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    The meaning and sound of it.
    The worst thing about the name:
    When others try to automatically shorten it.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    It would be Lily.
    Extra information:
    I like the common spelling of Abigail. Looks great!
  4. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    its just cool.
    The worst thing about the name:
    when people call it badly and spell it.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    jeniffer
    Extra information:
    abigail is pretty cool
  5. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It sounds really pretty and the meaning is really cool.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Anything. It's the best name ever :)
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I was going to be called Daphne.
    Extra information:
  6. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It sounds pretty.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It can sound ugly.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    It would be penny.
    Extra information:
    Jessica.
  7. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Not many people have my name
    The worst thing about the name:
    Eveyone says it deferent
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    Elouis
    Extra information:
  8. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Its a pretty name, has lots of vowels and an l in it as well which I love. And eve though its common now its still quite a unique name.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Cuz I'm from somerset where we all talk like farmers people use to pronounce it a-big-girl, which sounds horrible.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    My dad wanted prunella, yuck. And mum wanted alexis, acacia, serena,natasha or leah
    Extra information:
    The name is growin on me as I get older, I appreciate it more now
  9. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It's cute.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing. It's the best name ever.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    It would be Jessoca.
    Extra information:
  10. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It's graceful meaning.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing at all.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    It'll still be Abigail... ):
    Extra information:
    I was named after Abigail in the bible who was filled with uncommon wisdom, I pray to be nothing less than that.
  11. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Is original, unique, creative and aby short name is so cute...I prefer original name because you feel that your life is gonna be special..
    The worst thing about the name:
    nobody have the name so the people dont get used to it
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    could be Maia...
    Extra information:
  12. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    I love it cos its unique and it can be shortened in so many ways. I also like that my name is in my favorite books!
    The worst thing about the name:
    My friends brother's name is Abdullah and our friends always call us both Abs so it gets confusing!
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I would have picked Tala, or Katie or Jenna- or Sara or Sally. Aha or Suptanna!
    Extra information:
    I often pretend I'm the Abigail character in books, and act the roles out!
  13. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    That it's not very common,and unique!( I spell mine the most uncommon;A-B-B-I-E :)
    The worst thing about the name:
    WORST CASE SENARIO: you could be called 'Gale' like a windstorm,like if you were teased at school.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    Well I'd still be Abbigael.
    Extra information:
    I like it how it's uncommon,it makes me feel more special than I already am!
  14. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It's meaning, what the Abigail in the bible represents n hoe the name affects my life positively.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It wasn't common while growing up n people always say 'that's my grandma's name' when i tell them my name.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I would have loved it to be Ashley.
    Extra information:
    I have come to love my name.
  15. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    Quite a rare name to have and I shorten mine to Abby because I like the spelling
    The worst thing about the name:
    I hate that is has Gail in it because it reminds me of Gail from Coronation Street. And because I shorten mine to Abby, everyone assumes shortened it's Abi and I hate that.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    No, I would keep it.
    Extra information:
    If I was a boy, I would have been called Declan so it could have been worse!
  16. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    I can still be called Abby
    The worst thing about the name:
    It's pretty hard to learn the spelling to other people
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I would be Karissa
    Extra information:
    :D A-B-I-G-A-I-L :D
  17. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It is unique, not very common! Gotta love that!
    The worst thing about the name:
    Sometimes i'm called Abbey(sorry, but i don't like being called Abbey), or just Abs...
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I would be called Alexis still
    Extra information:
    I choose the name Abigail for myself when i was 22 months old. Prior to that, i was named Alexis.
  18. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    the nickname Abby and its spelled with the same letters as baby.
    The worst thing about the name:
    It has the word gay in it.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    Idk I would probably call my daughter it.
    Extra information:
    not really lol.
  19. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    i was always called first in school for the lunch line, because my name started with a-b
    The worst thing about the name:
    i was sometimes called a-bi.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    it would have been elizabeth. only my brother couldn't pronounce it.
    Extra information:
    my mom wanted to name me abby, but my grandparents insisted i needed a proper first name.
  20. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    It is a very pretty name, and can be shortened to Abby which I love.
    The worst thing about the name:
    Nothing I love my name, if I wasn't called Abigail, I would call my daughter it!!!
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:
    I was going to be Cassandra.
    Extra information:
  21. The best thing about the name Abigail:
    I love my name! Its so unique. My sister's name is Ashley and she went to school with 6 other Ashleys, I was the only Abby!
    The worst thing about the name:
    I dont know any other Abigails.
    If my name wasn`t Abigail....:

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More `Abigail` links
Abigail as abbreviation
Actors named Abigail
Abigail in the encyclopedia





Statistics for Abigail

Abigail appears in 2007`s top-1000 name list at rank 8. The name reached the top-100 18 times and reached the top-10 7 times. 2005 was a `top year` for the name Abigail. (Based on 128 years of name history) In that year it ranked #4. Our records go back to 1880

YearRankRank
20078
20066
20054
20046
20036
20027
20018
200014
199918
199818
199725
199632
199536
199442
199367
199286
199192
199090
1980176
1970526
1960673
1950826
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1890940
1880492


See also the US top 1000 names 2007

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Comments on Abigail

Abbi
I kind of like my name, but was astonished it was a german name!
abigail
i love my name!!now..i believe names affect one's life..i'm so much blessed with my name!
Abigail
I like my name. My parents named me Abigail because they didn't know anyone else with that name. But now I know at least 4 other Abigails...and counting!
Missy
We named our daughter Abigail feeling that it would be a great name for her at any age in her life.
Abigail
I love my name!
Abigail
In the bible she was one of king David's wife.she was a woman full of vertuous woman.i thank God 4 that name coz i always have a way before kings.It's a great name...i work in that same grace.
audra
my name was going to be abigail but it was changed at the last minute. my husband & I LOVE the name & will be naming our first daughter Abigail :)
abigail
i like my name its poular now but when i was little i was the only one i get called abi also
Abigail
I always thought that the name Abigail is of Hebrewic origin...:)
Abigail (Abi)
I used to hate my name but now i love it! I do get called Ab-king-pro at school tho
abigail namonywe
the name abigail is cool


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