Abagail Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Abigail:
From the Hebrew Avigayil, which is derived from avigayil (father of exaltation, father is rejoicing). The name was borne in the Bible by one of the wives of King David. Tha name also took on the meaning of "a lady's maid," due in part to its use as the name of a maid in the play The Scornful Lady, by Beaumont and Fletcher, in 1616.
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Abbie, Abbey, Abby, Gail
- Meanings and history of the name Abagail
Derived from the Hebrew language, this name has the meaning "My Father is joyful". This biblical name was adopted by the Puritans and enjoyed vast popularity in the 18th century, before sinking into obscurity for a century. Afterwards, it was revived when old names became the fashion. Abigail is also an Old Testament character, who saved her husband from King David's wrath, and went on to marry King David after her husband's death. (www.quickbabynames.com)
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Abigail Adams was the wife of the 2nd U.S. president, John Adams, and the mother of the 6th U.S. president, John Quincy Adams. Abigail was descended on her mother's side from the Quincys, a prominent New England family. She married John Adams, then a lawyer, in 1764, and they spent much of their early life apart as John Adams travelled as a circuit judge and then became a key player in the American Revolution.
- Abagail in song, story & screen
The character of "Mother Abagail" in Stephen King's "THE STAND" is the antithesis of her evil counterpart, "Randall Flagg". In other words, she is the leader of Good, he is the leader of evil.
Abigail Louise "Abby" Jensen, the main character from a Disney Channel movie called Sixteen Wishes.