The name Abigail is of Hebrew origin and means "Joy Of The Father." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
The most common nickname for Abigail is Abby. Other nicknames include Abbie, Ab, Abster, and Gail.
Famous people with the name Abigail include actresses Abigail Breslin and Abbie Cornish. Abigail Adams and Abigail Fillmore were married to American presidents. Abigail is also a common name among Hawaiian princesses. In addition, Abigail Van Buren was the name used by Pauline Philips in her "Dear Abby" advice column.
Fictional Abigails include book characters such as Mother Abigail in Stephen King's The Stand and Abigail Zenobia in Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein. TV Abigails include Abby Lockhart from ER and Abby Sciuto from NCIS.
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