Gender Masculine & Feminine
Usage Biblical Hebrew
Other Forms FormsAbichayil, Avichayil, Abikhayil, Avikhayil, Abihayil, Avihayil (variant transcriptions)
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Meaning & History
Means "my father is might" or "my father is strength" in Hebrew, from אָבִי ('avi) "my father" and חיל (khayil), which is related to the word חייל (khayal) "soldier". In the Old Testament this is the name of five characters, both male and female, including the father of Queen Esther (Esther 2:15, 9:29) and a niece of King David (2 Chronicles 11:18). It has sometimes been confused with the similar name ABIGAIL.