Meaning: Father of joy
Alternate spellings: Abbigail, Abagael, Abagail, Abbey, Abbie, Abbigayle, Abby, Abegail, Abigayle, Gail, Gale, Gayle, Abigale
Today’s parents think this name – popular as far back as the 1500s – is an old classic, but for most of the twentieth century, people just thought it was old. But the name became retro-cool in 2001 and has been in the top 10 ever since.
Abigail is a Hebrew name from the Bible that can be interpreted as “father of joy,” but we’re sure moms will love this one, too. And as a backup life plan, an Abby can always find a lucrative career as an advice columnist.
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Rank of Similar Names in 2008