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The first name 

Abigail is a first name typically given to girls, but in rare cases also used as a boys name.

Abigail is a very popular name!

In the US, Abigail is one of the most popular names ever. In the SmartGenius ranking recently, it has regularly been among the top 10 most common girls names and is currently in place 8. In fact, one out auf 300 girls under the age of 10 is named Abigail. In the entire USA, approximately 387,407 people – children, adults and seniors – currently bear the name Abigail. That is 0.12 % of all living Americans.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Abigail mean?

The first name Abigail is of biblical origin. The name comes from the Hebrew and is composed of ‘āv’ for ‘father’ and ‘gjl’ for ‘joy’ or ‘rejoice’. Thus the name means as much as ‘father’s joy’ or ’cause of joy’.

Interesting facts! Abby is the most common nickname for Abigail. Besides these, there are nicknames like Abster or Gail.

There are quite a few famous people called Abigail

Actress and singer

Abigail Breslin (*1996)
Abigail Kathleen Breslin is an American actress and musician. In 2007, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of ten. This makes her one of the youngest actresses to be nominated for an Oscar.

Aspiring actress

Abigail Cowen (*1998)
One of the rising stars of recent years is Abigail Cowen. She is known for playing Dorcas in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Bloom in 'Fate: The Winx Saga'.

An advice column

Dear Abby
In 1956, Pauline Phillips founded the advice column 'Dear Abby' under the pen-name 'Abigail van Buren.' Nowadays, the column is continued by her daughter Jeanne Phillips - who today owns the rights to the pen-name.

A character of the Bible

Abigail (Wife of King David)
Abigail, also known as 'Abigajil', is a person of the bibel. She is the wife of King Nabal and marries King David after his death.

Go on a journey to places 
with your name

When you hear the name Abigail, you might first think of a woman or a girl. But did you know that there are also places with the name Abigail? Are you also called Abigail? Maybe one day you will visit the places that are named just like you...

HMS Abigail...

was the name of several ships of the Royal Navy.


or Avigayil is an Israeli outpost situated east of the Israeli West Bank barrier and is named after the biblical Abigail, wife of Nabal.

Abigail -
the USA would not be the same without her

The name Abigail is as much a part of the DNA of the USA as the Constitution, the Capitol and the Superbowl: Abigail is one of the few girls names that have been given in the USA every year since the beginning of the name statistics, and thus since 1880. Of course, Abigail hasn't been equally popular in all 142 years - but it's just recently become especially popular. In 2005 it was even ranked number 4 in our SmartGenius name statistics, making it one of the most popular girls names in the entire United States.

In years where the graph has no value, the name Abigail was given less than five times or even none at all in the entire USA.

Abigail - in 2021 on rank 17 in the SmartGenius name statistics

In 2021 the name Abigail was given a total of 6,944 times in the USA, ranking #17 on the list of the most popular girls names. It was least common in 1921 - back then only 24 expectant parents gave their child the name Abigail, ranking it #1,628 of all female names in our SmartGenius statistics, so there were 1,627 other girl names given more often in 1921.

Abigail -
well known in all states of the USA, most popular in Nevada

There are only 537 different women’s names registered in every single state in the U.S., and Abigail is one of them. However, Abigail is not equally widespread in all states, but people in Nevada seem to particularly fancy this name – the 2,266 women called Abigail who live here are 0,518% of all female residents and push their name up to #30, easily placing it in the top 100 most common female names in Nevada.

Abigail has 7 letters 
and begins with an A

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter A is the most popular first letter for girls’ names. 11.8% of all common girls’ names in the US start with this letter. The second most common first letter in girls' names is S.

With seven letters, the name Abigail has a typical length for first names in the US. In fact, 26% of all common first names consist of exactly seven letters. 52% of all first names are shorter, while 22% have eight letters or more. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

That means that if 11.8% of all girls' names start with an A, this initial letter occurs over three times as often as all other letters on average. And, by the way, of all the girls' names that begin with the letter A, the name Ashley is the most common.

Other names with 
A, b, i, g, a, i and l

If you take all the letters in the name Abigail – A, b, i, g, a, i and l – and put them together again, you can form another name, such as Abigial.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Abigail

If your name is Abigail and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Abigail

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Abigail, you can simply say:








This is how the name Abigail is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Abigail in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Abigail

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Abigail is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Abigail

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Abigail sounds like this: