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The wife of John Adams, and the mother of Louisa May Alcott were named Abigail.
In Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend, the innkeeper is also named Abigail, so it has become assosciated with the word "servant".
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2005
I'm not sure why Abigail is listed as being used in Germany. I spent the first 35 years of my life in Germany and have NEVER come across that name.
-- f95kai  3/3/2005
Maybe 'Abigail' was used in Germany a lot a long time ago.
-- Anonymous User  5/20/2005
Maybe you haven't met a German Abigail before but that doesn't mean they don't exist. I've lived in America for 20+ years and have never met a Madison or a Katherine but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
-- ZoeAliza  4/14/2011
Although some sites list the meaning as "father of joy" (which seems odd for a commonly female name), others also list "father's joy" or "joy of the father".
-- Anonymous User  6/17/2005
Abigail is the name of a doctor in "E.R.": Abigail "Abby" Lockhart. This is one of my favorite names for a girl (this is the name of my daughter).
-- Anonymous User  7/20/2005
I have always understood this name to mean 'housekeeper' or 'maid/servant'. 'Abi' is the name of a black maid-of-all-work in Emma Donoghue's historical novel 'Slammerkin', and Abigail Williams is the principal character in Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible'.
-- Arrows  11/22/2005
This is not the meaning, but rather the connotation it took on as the result of 17th century literature.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2007
Upon my first pregnancy, searching for names of baby girls and boys, I looked and looked in all of the books, I said to my husband what if it's a girl? What name do you like? He as usual, had NO clue. When the baby was born to be a girl, when asked by our doctor what her name was to be, out popped the name Abigail, just out of the blue, it was not one that I had even considered, but funny enough, in my hubby's infinite wisdom, he had said, oh call her the first name in the book - when we got home from the hospital, I eagerly grabbed the baby book to see what the meaning of the name was, and surely enough, it was the FIRST name under A, in the girl's section of that particular book. She fits the name perfectly, and now that she's a teen, she has shortened it to just "Abi".
-- theoldboot65  11/25/2005
I find Abigail a very nice name, though it has become slightly too common, proving that it is truly a good name.
-- TriwizardChamp3  12/12/2005
I have understood that the meaning of "father of joy" could be "source of joy."
-- breakofday  1/2/2006
I simply adore this name. If I have a second daughter I will name her Abigail Camryn. It's such a sweet name!
-- bedrock  2/18/2006
I strongly dislike the name Abigail, I think it's because of the gail.
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2006
Abigail Breslin is the sweet little actress who played Bo Hess in the movie "Signs."
-- breakofday  3/10/2006
If you're thinking of a good name for a baby girl, this is a great one. It's my name, and although it has become very popular with the 4-7 age range, it still seems unique.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2006
I like the name Abigail. It is a name you can grow up with using Abby while young and Abigail once older.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
I read somewhere that it meant "source of joy".
-- Anonymous User  5/19/2006
Abigail is the daughter of the title character in Christopher Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta". In the beginning she helps her father in his intrigues but when she finds out about his involvement in her lover's death she converts to Christianity and enters a nunnery to atone for her sins (although her character is rather positive in this biting play, this act is probably ironic as Marlowe depicts the clergy as being extremely hypocritical).
-- mcqueen  7/8/2006
This is a beautiful name and I've considered naming my child Abigail.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2006
I do not like the name Abigail. All its abbreviations sound common and it has no flair. "Gail" makes me think of a windy storm - not a nice connotation for a girl's name.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I love the name Abigail, it sounds so wonderful, and I didn't think it was too popular. And then I went on here and looked at the polls and it turns out 1,000,000 other people adore the name as well. Darn.
-- CkLmJ_CrAzY  8/17/2006
I think it is a graceful name and very pretty. Too bad the Abigail I know is a snob. Oh well I still like it a lot.
-- coffe  8/20/2006
Abigail was a very popular name in the eighteenth century, and given the population structure of the time, most Abigails grew up to be servants. So, instead of saying "my maid" does whatever, people would say "my Abigail". From this, it actually became a synonym for "maidservant", which led to its descent into disuse.

And now it's back on the charts, without any negative connotations because there are so few domestic workers nowadays.
-- Anneza  10/25/2006
I think Abigail is such a wonderful name. It is definitely in my top ten. The only thing that concerns me with this name is that it is so common. Maybe if the spelling was changed up a bit it would be more unique. For example: Abigale, Abigael, Abagiel, Abbigal. I think people who are named Abigail probably have the tendencies to be either really snobby and blunt or really free spirited and thoughtful.
-- Cyneburga  10/25/2006
I can't really believe Abigail is used in Germany. I've never heard it, and most people wouldn't be able to pronounce it.
-- swisssugar  10/29/2006
This is my sister's name and she HATES it, she gets so mad when people call her Abigail it's scary. She's been this way about the name since she was 3 and is now 24 she has been simply Abby for a very long while.
-- stuckonstupid  11/11/2006
I think this name is pretty, and cute, and I love it paired with Belle for the middle name. I think the nickname Abby is cute too.
-- xHOWTOSAVEALiFE  11/27/2006
I don't like the name because of the 'Abi'.
-- Anonymous User  1/1/2007
I really hate this name! It's really UGLY! Madison, many people think it's ugly but it's way better than ugly Abby.
-- Anonymous User  1/2/2007
Ok, I've been waiting to do this one. This is my name and I have never liked it or felt comfortable with it. My mother said that she tried to pick names that nothing rhymes with and while nothing DOES rhyme with Shelby or Andrew (my siblings) I got stuck with "Abigail the whale" or "sperm whale". "Abi-snail", "Abi-whale", "Abi-quail". Lame I know, but kids can be cruel. I do NOT think my name sounds "sophisticated". I prefer Abby which is what I go by. "Crabby, shabby, flabby" Abby. Good job mom! :) Why is this name becoming so popular? Guess I'll never know.
-- apikaila  1/21/2007
I think Abigail is a beautiful name.
-- melinda1  1/25/2007
I really don't like this name and can't see why it's becoming popular again.
-- lemmingade  2/6/2007
Actually the meaning of the name is "the father of joy" and not "my father is joy" as written here.
-- GalGr  2/14/2007
Abigail is a very sweet and soft name. I like it a lot. :)
-- Jasmine  3/5/2007
I know this name is very popular, but I don't like that it can mean "maidservant". Not a name I'd bestow on a daughter! It also has a haughty, snobby feel to it, for some reason. I like "Abby" on its own though.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2007
I really like this name spelled Abigale.
-- elysa  3/15/2007
My name is Abigail, and I find that I'm called Abi most of the time, which I prefer to my full name. Abigail feels too formal or upperclass to me, but I still like it because I have never in my life met another Abigail, plenty of Abis but never an Abigail. I like having an unusual name, and despite liking being called Abi, I get too many people comparing to the bank. Despite this I would never permenantly shorten my name to Abi, I feel proud to have this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/4/2007
In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail Williams is a seventeen year old girl who, scorned by a married man with whom she has fallen in love, seeks to kill his wife and ultimately starts the Salem witch hunt.
-- VictoriaCalledTori  5/2/2007
I think this name is very pretty and nice. All the Abigails I've met were very nice. The meaning is also pretty: "My father is joy". I think the nickname Abby is cute.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
A sweet, classic name. If you're going to use a really popular name, it's better, I think, to pick a traditional one that happens to be popular than something new and trendy that someone created, because names like Abigail are timeless.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
Cute name, which unfortunately, is becoming popular.
-- spaz123  7/17/2007
Our daughter's name is Abigail Nicole. WE love her name. She goes by her full name, not Abby. People comment on what a beautiful name "Abigail" truly is. We love the meaning too!
-- stlcowgirl  7/23/2007
I like this name. I'm surprised it's so popular, considering American's poor taste in names (Madison, Tiffany, Crystal, etc.) It is a bit old fashioned and WASPy though, but perhaps we need more of that today.
-- johann14  9/24/2007
I really dislike this name simply because I think it's one of the ugliest sounding names I've ever heard. I don't understand why it's so popular right now. On the other hand, it is an old name with a history and tradition. And I do like its eighteenth century flavor. Therefore I won't completely dump on it as I would names such as Madison or Kayla.
-- queenv  9/27/2007
Abigail Adams was a famous bearer as far as I am concerned.
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2007
Abigail Fillmore was a famous bearer too.
-- Anonymous User  10/21/2007
I despise the nickname 'Abbie', though Abigail is nice. Not a name I would choose, though. It sounds too intrincate and there's something in it I always disliked. Decent name, anyhow.
-- Anonymous User  11/15/2007
I absolutely love the name Abigail, because it's not so common anymore.
-- Fluffy_Thewerewolf.  11/27/2007
I like the name Abigail, I think it's really pretty. I don't really like the nickname "Abby" though. I think it sounds ugly, no offense to anyone.
-- scarletquillraven  1/23/2008
Prefer the names Abbie, Abbye, Abbi, Abi and Abby to the actual longer form of them. Abigail is alright, but if I had to name my daughter this I would spell it Abbigail, with two bs.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
I think Abigail is a very beautiful name.
-- Angel Lynn  3/24/2008
I am just glad that Abby (and sound-alikes) are more popular nicknames than Gail these days. I can't stand the name Gail and it has tainted my feeling about Abigail.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2008
I'm not too fond of this name. It doesn't have a nice flow- I think the letters b and g are fairly harsh and jarring, and I've actually found it to be a bit difficult to say- and I'm not really fond of 'Abby' as a nickname, either, just because it's rather plain.
-- Maro  4/23/2008
Abigail is derived from the hyphenation of the word "Abba" (father) and "Gail" which is an action word denoting (perpetual swirling in the sense of springing forth, like a fountain). The word "Joy" is interconnected with "Gail" in that "Joy" wells up (springs forth) from the emotions in the belly, to burst forth with radiance on the face and an audible strong Wind of happiness expressed as it passes the vocal cords.
-- Anonymous User  5/13/2008
Pretty. I know tons of little girls called Abigail.
-- cheeseface  5/17/2008
Ok I can understand why it's coming back. Because it's cute! I don't know why whoever said it's ugly! I personally love this name and put it in my top 5! So there! And I agree that you should call her Abby and when she grows up call her Abigail.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2008
Even though it is a very popular name, I don't know anybody with that name. I think it is such a lovely and down-to-earth name.
-- mary26  7/19/2008
I personally adore Abigail, nickname Abby, and it is currently #3 on my girls' list. I've known several Abigails personally (all have been Abby), as well as several Abbies.

Abigail is the name of semi-main character on NCIS, but she goes exclusively by Abby.
-- Corae  8/8/2008
A beautiful name given to my 2nd child, by my father. It totally fits her bold and beautiful character. The meaning behind her name fits her personality.
-- amaabi7  8/17/2008
Mary Abigail Wambach, footballer, born 2nd June, 1980 in Rochester, New York.
-- Emilie007  9/3/2008
This is my name, only it's spelled Abigael. My name is Abigael and I absolutely hate that some people are calling it ugly. What the heck is wrong with it? Anyway, I used to hate my name but now I love it. My mother, Sandra, actually found it in a phone book. We spelled it the way we do because mom and dad, Luis, call it the "Spanish" spelling 'cause I'm Puerto Rican. Dad was especially ecstatic when he found out the meaning. I consider my name special, because I have only ever known one other Abigail.
-- Anonymous User  9/12/2008
However beautiful this name is (and it is extremely classy and lovely) I personally could never use. A very good friend of mine with this name perished last year in a fire. I can't hear the name without automatically having a flashback to that terrible day and the funeral.
-- Anonymous User  11/2/2008
Oh dear God, every time I see this name, I want to gauge my eyes out! It is so revolting that I swear, I become a little bit more blind every time I look at it.
-- GunsnRoses8794  11/27/2008
Again you had been mistaken in translating the name. In the bible you cannot read anything about that name's meaning, so it is not that important what the meaning of the name is, just who the first with this name was.
The first Avigail that we can read about in the bible is the wife of David that had been taken from Naval from The Carmel (a place in Israel), who was her first husband.
Another one is: Avigal (it's the same name). She is the daughter of NaHash (Samuel 2, 17, 25).
And about the meaning: Avi gil = the father of joy OR my father is joy. But the name is written AvigAIl. So your translation is wrong.
-- talramati  12/23/2008
This is a Polish version, too.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2009
I'm simply can't understand why so many people think this names sounds lovely and elegant. I think the "gail" and "ab" sounds are very harsh and jarring. I realize this name has an historical appeal, but there are other names with historical appeal that sound much prettier like Elizabeth and Mary. If you like Abigail then popularity doesn't bother you and why not Elizabeth or Mary? Mary is actually more original than Abigail now.
-- afmastro  1/18/2009
Abigail. I have never liked this name. The 'Gail' part of it turns my stomach and the nickname that would most likely be used, 'Abby', is really a turn off. I hate the way it looks and sounds. I don't understand why people think its such a great name for a little girl! Pick Elizabeth or Alice instead if you want that "classic" name feel.
-- D.Scott  1/30/2009
Abigail is such an adorable name!
-- Anonymous User  2/13/2009
I really love the name Abigail- but not the nickname Abby, or Abi, or whatever. Abigail sounds beautiful and it makes me think of a classy, thoughtful woman. I'm sure Abigail Adams is the source of that association. But the nickname Abi makes me think of tabby, like a cat. Not as polished.
-- emily  3/20/2009
I think it's a beautiful name.
-- ningyorose  3/29/2009
Sounds more like a first name and last name squashed together. The meaning is sweet, though. I'm sort of neutral about it.
-- Anonymous User  4/3/2009
I've heard it being pronounced "Abi-gaal", like the a in all, here in Sweden.
-- Madvis  4/16/2009
I have never heard this name in Germany but I have read that it has been in use occasionally since the 16th century. To modern Germans Ah-bee-giel (though phonetically correct) sounds very strange for a certain reason: The last syllable (giel) would sound like the German word for "horny"! The name might be used as an English import but people would (at least try to) pronounce it the English way.
-- JHK  6/1/2009
It's interesting, somewhat strong, yet very revolting. Much less boring than Aby alone, at least. But, again, it doesn't sound appealing at all. There can also be words like ail taken out of it, so it will mean "a big pain". The name isn't really special in any way, and I don't see why it's so popular.
-- Kerules  6/14/2009
Someone wrote here that this is a Polish version. Well, I'm Polish and I haven't heard anything this stupid in years. There is no Polish version of name Abigail. End of story.
-- Mania  6/30/2009
Love the meaning, fave combo is Abigail Rose.
-- Ranchie  11/2/2009
I'm so glad my parents didn't name me this, just stuck with Abbie instead. Much nicer.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2009
The name of one of the characters in Verdi's great opera 'Nabucco' but with a final e added in the Italian version of the name.
-- Anton  3/9/2010
I think Abigail is an adorable name for a girl but it does make me think of the phrase "a big gal." Plus it doesn't flow with our last name. Oh, well. :-)
-- Melissa_77  3/26/2010
Ever since I've had to study "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller for my English class, I've associated this name with a truly wicked sort of character. The character of Abigail Williams really gets under my skin, and so it's altered my perspective of the name.

I don't think I'll ever be able to look at persons named Abigail, or simply Abby, the same again. Not that I know that many.
-- sarah-grrrl  4/23/2010
Abigail Sciuto, a main character off of NCIS.
-- Black_X  6/28/2010
I think it's very nice, and uncommon. I don't understand the popularity charts, because I have not met one Abigail in my school of over 1000 people. However I've met a Gail.
-- Chrila96  9/13/2010
It's not necessarily the most beautiful name ever, but I like this name all the same.
-- Chrila96  11/20/2010
I love this name! It's beautiful! It has a couple of nickname choices too. ;)
-- EmmyT.  1/11/2011
Ugly, and not in a quaint or charming manner. Just ugly and common.
-- vomiting  2/6/2011
A bit depressing if you ask me.
-- Hushpuppy  2/13/2011
I fell in love with the name Abigail/Abbey when I started watching the West Wing and saw that the first lady's name was that. It just seemed like such an elegant name. She was Abigail in formal situations and Abbey at home with her husband, like Abigail Adams. Very pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  5/8/2011
Shockingly enough... I actually favor the name "Abigail." It is strikingly mature, professional, educated, intelligent, and genuinely goldenly beautiful. It possesses the ringing charm of the old-world, and holds a cosmopolitan flare. Regardless, I despise the nickname "Abby" with all my being. I think of abs, stomach muscles-- which is all well and good, but not suitable for naming, hah. If it must be shortened, "Gail" remains classically dazzling, strong, yet delicate enough for the more feminine in manner of the gender.
-- Francesca  5/17/2011
Singer/songwriter Abigail Hopkins. Anthony Hopkins' Daughter.
-- tataH  7/29/2011
Abigail is my little sisters name and it fits her perfectly! Abbie is a very overused name but other than my sister I have only met 1 other person called Abigail.:) xoxo
-- Grace_Scarlette  10/28/2011
My friend was obsessed with this name so I grew to dislike it greatly. But now it's starting to grow on me. My cousin named his daughter Abiona (ab-ee-own-a). He says it's a variation of Abigail but it looks/sounds like a combo of Abigail and Fiona to me.
-- GibsonGirl  10/31/2011
This is one of those names I keep going back and forth on. Sometimes I like it, then I don't. But regardless of that, I think that Abigail ages very well. I don't think of a person of a certain age when I hear the name. Abigail can be little Abby, ambitious business woman Abigail or grandma Gail. It's not one of these names that sounds completely ridiculous on an adult or a little kid. I just can't get over the fact that BIG is right in the middle of the name.
-- Proctorness  10/31/2011
My case is really unusual. My middle name is Abigail. My name is Theresa Abigail. I am NEVER called Theresa, it is always Rhysse (rees). I am also called Abbie sometimes, but hardly ever. I do not like the name Abigail, I hardly like any name that starts with the letter "A". It's really weird. When they're just messing around my family calls me "Rhysse Abigail" or "crabby Abbie" a lot. I am glad it at least isn't my first name.
-- Anonymous User  11/5/2011
Abigail is my name and I absolutely hate it! I've gone by Abi/Abby/Abbie but I completely hate those too - they were the lesser of two evils to be honest. In my opinion it sounds incredibly dull and harsh and I don't know why it's so popular, and to an extent it's popularity makes it seem even more boring. I've never felt like my name fits my personality and I feel like it restricts me, though that might seem extreme.

It's a nice name in theory but in my opinion, it's a total burden!
-- Anonymous User  1/31/2012
Lovely name. One of my favourite Hebrew girls names. It ages well too.
-- Amanda_M87  2/24/2012
Abigail "Abby" Lincoln or Numbuh 5 is a character on the cartoon Codename: Kids Next Door!
-- lakin5  4/15/2012
Abby is great, but Abigail blows. It sounds like the name of an annoying overachiever who will throw a fit if she gets an A- instead of an A+.
-- Anonymous User  5/26/2012
Raven Symone ruined the name for me in Revenge of the Bride's Maid when she was complaining they use this nickname that a that a lot kids can use 'Flabigail.'
-- 555jazzy  7/20/2012
Abigail "Abby" Elliott (born 1987 in New York City) is an American actress and comedian.
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Abigail Louise Johnston (born 1989 in Upper Arlington, Ohio) is an American diver.
-- Anonymous User  8/7/2012
This name has risen in popularity in equal measure to the decline of literacy. Please stop naming your daughters this people, and read The Crucible. Good Grief.
-- nutmeg77  10/11/2012
It's ok, but not pretty enough for me to understand its extreme popularity all of a sudden. There are so many Abby's/Abbie's, its kind of annoying, although I don't really mind that nickname. I guess what I don't like about this name is that it has the name Gail in it, and I hate that name. Also annoying, the stupid "kre8tiv" parents that seem to ruin every name nowadays with their stupid and childish spellings such as "abigayle" or "abbigale".
-- Anonymous User  2/4/2013
It's cute to name a girl Abigail (go by Abby), but I think that it's WAY too common! I have two friends named Abigail (actually, one's Abbigail, but they're both Abby) and I have to refer to them as Abby W. And Abby L.! I think the name's quite cute for a little girl or even a kid or teen, but once an Abby reaches adulthood, their name sounds kind of silly, now doesn't it?
-- avengingangelx3  5/6/2013
I'm sorry, but this name reminds of a farm animal.. I don't like it!
-- Cassidy_  3/5/2014
It's not a bad name- shame it's a tad bit popular but I still think it's nice.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  4/20/2014
I quite like the name Abigail. I pretty much only know Abigails who have shortened their names to Abbie or Abby, but I think that the original name is very pretty. I also prefer the spelling of 'Abbie' to 'Abby' or 'Abi'.
-- Jazzie2906  8/14/2014
Just a hideous name.
-- Ali Hassan  8/18/2014
Abigail became a term for a waiting woman (and was used as such in literature) because in the Old Testament Abigail refers to herself as "thy handmaid" when speaking to her future husband, David (later King David).

I think this should be added on the page for Abigail, as otherwise it makes it seem as if its use was an original idea by the author of "The Scornful Lady", rather than a biblical allusion. I'm sure it wouldn't have been so long-lasting without biblical backing. [noted -ed]
-- AustraLiana  9/1/2014
Abigail Hobbs is a character on the television series "Hannibal."
-- hkols  11/2/2014
The name Abigail is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Abigail is: Father rejoiced, or father's joy. Gives joy. The intelligent, beautiful Abigail was Old Testament King David's third wife, described as 'good in discretion and beautiful in form.' In the 1916 play The Scornful Lady, Abigail was a lady's maid.
-- Anonymous User  11/4/2014

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