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meaning:Army Ruler
origin: English


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Joy of the Father

This Old Testament name, used by one of David’s wives, was also a traditional term for a lady’s maid…meaning, it spent a long time not being popular. And while Abigail sounds like another member of the trendy grandma-names-are-cool-again tribe, it disappeared entirely from the charts during the early twentieth century. It finally started its comeback in the ’70s and ’80s though, rising rapidly through the ’90s and peaking (for now) at number four in 2005 -- just another tale of redemption.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 8

Famous abigail

  • Abigail - biblical wife of David
  • Abigail Breslin - child actress
  • Abigail Van Buren - author of Dear Abby
  • Abigail Adams - wife of President John Adams
  • Abigail “Abby” Lockhart - character in ER

Infamous abigail

  • Abigail - lady’s maid in the 1610 play The Scornful Lady
  • Abigail Williams - a principal accuser in the Salem Witch Trials
  • Abigail - dark priest in Japanese comic Bastard!!

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