Abigail

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346k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Abigail

"Abigail" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Joy of the Father". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ab"i*gail
A lady's waiting-maid.

Etymology: The proper name used as an appellative

Wiktionary

Hebrew אֲבִיגַיִל (avigáyil, “Abigail”, literally “her Father's joy” or “fountain of joy”).

  1. The wife of Nabal and later of David in the Old Testament.
  2. A female given name, used since the 16th century, and currently quite popular.

Abigail was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Abigail

Abigail Spencer is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1999. Abigail was born on August 4th, 1981 in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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Abigail Breslin is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Abigail was given the name Abigail Kathleen Breslin on April 14th, 1996 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Abby was given the name Abigail Loraine Hensel on March 7th, 1990 in New Germany, Minnesota.

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Abigail Adams was a First Lady of the United States and Second Lady of the United States. Abigail was born on November 22nd, 1744 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She breathed her last breath on October 28th, 1818.

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Abby Huntsman is a fox news reporter. Abby was given the name Abigail Haight Huntsman by her parents Jon Huntsman, Jr., and Mary Kaye Huntsman on May 1st, 1986 in Philadelphia. Abby is also known as Abby Livingston.

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Abby Elliott is an actor, comedian, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Abby was given the name Abigail Elliott by her parent Chris Elliott on June 16th, 1987 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Abigail

Her most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to 1968. Abigail was given the name Abigail Rogan on July 23rd, 1946 in London.

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His military service ended in 2002. Peter was born on April 6th, 1948 in Sydney. Peter is also known as Abigail and Major General Peter John.

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Robert Abigail is a musician. He plays Turntablism. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Robert was given the name Patrick Robert Abergel in 1981 in Rotterdam.

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Francis was born in 1840. He breathed his last breath in 1921.

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Reginald was born in 1892. He breathed his last breath in 1969.

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How popular is the baby name Abigail in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 12 12 0
1881 8 8 0
1882 14 14 0
1883 11 11 0
1884 13 13 0
1885 9 9 0
1886 15 15 0
1887 13 13 0
1888 18 18 0
1889 20 20 0
1890 9 9 0
1891 11 11 0
1892 11 11 0
1893 21 21 0
1894 13 13 0
1895 15 15 0
1896 15 15 0
1897 15 15 0
1898 11 11 0
1899 7 7 0
1900 14 14 0
1901 13 13 0
1902 18 18 0
1903 20 20 0
1904 8 8 0
1905 11 11 0
1906 15 15 0
1907 12 12 0
1908 13 13 0
1909 12 12 0
1910 16 16 0
1911 18 18 0
1912 24 24 0
1913 14 14 0
1914 25 25 0
1915 38 38 0
1916 37 37 0
1917 41 41 0
1918 26 26 0
1919 31 31 0
1920 33 33 0
1921 24 24 0
1922 29 29 0
1923 32 32 0
1924 31 31 0
1925 37 37 0
1926 30 30 0
1927 33 33 0
1928 40 40 0
1929 33 33 0
1930 25 25 0
1931 27 27 0
1932 30 30 0
1933 32 32 0
1934 30 30 0
1935 37 37 0
1936 36 36 0
1937 45 45 0
1938 50 50 0
1939 53 53 0
1940 48 48 0
1941 40 40 0
1942 48 48 0
1943 63 63 0
1944 56 56 0
1945 53 53 0
1946 77 77 0
1947 78 78 0
1948 72 72 0
1949 113 113 0
1950 112 112 0
1951 137 137 0
1952 151 151 0
1953 169 169 0
1954 147 147 0
1955 181 181 0
1956 189 189 0
1957 188 188 0
1958 193 193 0
1959 206 206 0
1960 228 228 0
1961 233 233 0
1962 263 263 0
1963 255 255 0
1964 244 244 0
1965 211 211 0
1966 189 189 0
1967 245 245 0
1968 263 263 0
1969 280 280 0
1970 362 362 0
1971 392 392 0
1972 395 395 0
1973 480 480 0
1974 605 605 0
1975 614 614 0
1976 836 830 6
1977 797 797 0
1978 1,011 1,011 0
1979 1,225 1,225 0
1980 1,588 1,577 11
1981 1,819 1,812 7
1982 1,893 1,885 8
1983 1,922 1,910 12
1984 1,849 1,842 7
1985 1,859 1,846 13
1986 2,011 1,996 15
1987 2,014 2,001 13
1988 2,383 2,373 10
1989 3,423 3,401 22 #94 girl name
1990 3,738 3,718 20 #90 girl name
1991 3,811 3,798 13 #92 girl name
1992 4,003 3,987 16 #86 girl name
1993 5,196 5,184 12 #67 girl name
1994 7,252 7,240 12 #42 girl name
1995 7,833 7,821 12 #36 girl name
1996 8,620 8,603 17 #32 girl name
1997 9,632 9,626 6 #25 girl name
1998 11,121 11,099 22 #18 girl name
1999 11,697 11,680 17 #18 girl name
2000 13,104 13,088 16 #14 girl name
2001 14,822 14,803 19 #8 girl name
2002 15,317 15,297 20 #7 girl name
2003 15,943 15,920 23 #6 girl name
2004 15,512 15,423 89 #6 girl name
2005 15,761 15,748 13 #4 girl name
2006 15,642 15,627 15 #6 girl name
2007 15,490 15,463 27 #8 girl name
2008 15,096 15,076 20 #8 girl name
2009 14,399 14,383 16 #8 girl name
2010 14,243 14,234 9 #7 girl name
2011 13,266 13,245 21 #7 girl name
2012 12,705 12,692 13 #7 girl name
2013 12,412 12,396 16 #8 girl name
2014 12,080 12,067 13 #8 girl name
2015 12,381 12,371 10 #7 girl name
2016 11,709 11,699 10 #8 girl name

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Popularity of Abigail as a first name

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Common last names for Abigail

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Abigail U.S.
  White 67.21% 64.26%
  African American 5.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 18.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Abigail

People with the last name Abigail are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Abigail

  • How Popular is the name Abigail? Abigail is the 197th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Abigail was the 8th most popular name. As a last name Abigail was the 137,327th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Abigail have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 346,349 babies born with the first name Abigail in the United States. That's more than enough people named Abigail to occupy the country of Iceland with an estimated population of 320,060 (as of April 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Abigail? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Abigail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Abigail is Sunday, September 1st, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Abigail born? The highest recorded use of the first name Abigail was in 2003 with a total of 15,920 babies. That's a lot of babies named Abigail!
  • Random Abigail Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Abigail ranks 94th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, 141 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Abigail: Your name in reverse order is Liagiba. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gibaali. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Abigail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 122 people with the last name Abigail.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Abigail? Abigail is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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