Abigail (name)

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Abigail
Pronunciation /ˈæbɨɡl/ AB-i-gayl
Gender Female
Language(s) Hebrew language
Origin
Meaning Father Rejoice or Father's Joy
Other names
See also Abby, Abbie, Abbey, Abi, Gail, Gayle, Gale

Abigail is a female given name. The name comes from the Hebrew name אֲבִיגַיִל / אֲבִיגָיִל Avigail, meaning "my father's joy" (alternatively "my father rejoices", or "my father is joy").[1]

Abigail was the wife of King David in the Hebrew Bible (Book of Samuel), and is described as an intelligent and beautiful woman.

The name Abigail can be shortened to "Abby", "Abbey", "Abbi", "Abbie", "Abbe", "Abi", "Abbye", or "Aby", as well as "Gail" or "Gayle."

Translations[edit]

  • Arabic: الوصيفة
  • Bengali: এবিগেল (Ēbigēla)
  • Biblical Greek: Abigaia
  • Biblical Hebrew: 'Avigayil
  • Catalan: Abigail
  • Chinese Simplified: 阿比盖尔 (Ā bǐ gài ěr)
  • Chinese Traditional: 阿比蓋爾 (Ā bǐ gài ěr)
  • Danish: Abigail, Abigael
  • Dutch: Abigail, Abigaïl
  • English: Abegail, Abigayle
  • French: Abigail, Abigaël
  • German: Abigail
  • Gujarati: એબીગેઇલ (Ēbīgē'ila)
  • Haitian Creole: Abigayèl
  • Hawaiian: Apikalia, ʻApikaʻila
  • Hebrew: אביגיל, Avigail, אֲבִיגָיִל (ʾĂḇîḡáyil)
  • Hindi: सेविका (Sēvikā)
  • Hungarian: Abigél
  • Italian: Abigaille
  • Japanese: アビゲイル (Abigeiru)
  • Korean: 아비가일
  • Macedonian: Авигеја (Avigeja)
  • Maori: Apikaira
  • Nepali: अबीगेलले (Abīgēlalē)
  • Portuguese: Abigail
  • Punjabi: ਅਬੀਗੈਲ (Abīgaila)
  • Russian: Абиге́ль (Abigélʹ), Абиге́йл (Abigéjl), А́биге́л (Ábigél), Э́бигейл (Ébigejl), Авиге́я (Avigéja)
  • Serbian: Абигејл (Abigejl)
  • Somali: Abiigayil
  • Spanish: Abigaíl, Abigail
  • Swedish: Abigail
  • Urdu: ابیگیل
  • Yiddish: אַביגאַיל
  • Yoruba: Ábígẹlì

People with the given name Abigail[edit]


Used as a pseudonym:

  • Abigail Van Buren, pen name of Pauline Philips, pseudonymous author of the Dear Abby column

Fictional characters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ from either the verbal root g-y-l "to rejoice" directly, or from the root noun gil "rejoicing, joy". Adele Berlin in: Carol L. Meyers, Toni Craven, Ross Shepard Kraemer (eds.), Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2000, p. 43

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