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Quick Facts on Abbie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 790
Simple meaning:
Father's Joy

Characteristics of Abbie

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Abbie

Abbie is short for Abigail. Abigail is Hebrew in origin, borne from the Bible as one of King David’s wives. The name comes from “Avigayil” which means “Father’s joy”. Abigail shows up in the Bible (1 Samuel 25-30) as Nabal’s wife, “a woman of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance.” She brings offerings to David when Nabal callously refused David and his soldiers supplies even after the men protected Nabal’s shepherds and possessions from harm. After Nabal’s death, David asked the lovely Abigail to marry him and she accepted. The name came into popularity in England in the 16th century under the influence of the Puritans. Interestingly, Abigail also became a common name in 17th century literature for a lady’s maid or servant. The pet forms of the name, Abby, Abbie, Abbey, and Gail have all become given names in their own right. Abbie is especially popular in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland where the name ranks on the Top 50 list of most commonly used female names. Americans prefer the Abby spelling with the “y” rather than the “ie”.

Popularity of the Name Abbie

Cute little Abbie has enjoyed a long history as a given name in her own right in the United States. The name dates back to at least the late 1800s which is when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends in America. Although we can say with confidence the name was in circulation even prior to the 19th century. Abbie was used with strong moderation at the beginning of the 20th century but began her quick descent soon thereafter. Between the 1940s and 1970s Abbie was so rarely used that the name fell off the popularity charts altogether. She made a comeback in the 1980s but the name just isn’t doing as well as Abby, or Abigail for that matter. In fact, Abigail is a Top 10 female name in America – hugely popular. We think Abbie makes for a better nickname than a given name; it just feels so colloquial as a stand-alone name. But then again, that’s part of her sweet charm. Plus some parents prefer the laid-back and informal “nicknames” on their children’s birth certificates. It’s more common than you might think.
Popularity of the Girl Name Abbie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Abbie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Abbie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Abbie

    Abbie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Abbie.

  • Popular Songs on Abbie

    Popular Songs on Abbie

    Gaslighting Abbie - a song by Steely Dan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Abbie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Abbie

    Abbie Against the Storm (Marcia K. Vaughan & Bill Farnsworth) - Subtitled : The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse - Abbie Burgess helps her father care for a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Maine. Together they tend the lamps, organize supplies, and watch the endless Atlantic waters. When Abbie’s mother becomes ill, her father must sail to the mainland to find food and medicine. While her father is away a fierce winter storm descends, and Abbie must summon all her courage to care for her ailing mother, comfort her frightened sisters, and keep the flames of the lighthouse burning. Abbie Against the Storm is based on an actual incident that took place off the coast of Maine in the winter of 1856 and on a real young woman who rose to the challenge of saving her family and countless sailors. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Abbie Gets Fit (Doug Werner) - 2012 Book of the Year for Creative Child Magazine – “Abbie Gets Fit” is the endearing and compelling true story of one nine-year-old girls daily journey to fitness with her father. Motivated by a failed fitness exam at her school, Abbie and her father set out on a 6 month quest to improve her fitness level and prepare for the next exam. With a rain or shine, sixty minute fitness walk as the foundation of their daily program, Abbie's fitness transformation was remarkable, and the bond she and her father forged as a result has changed their relationship forever. This book is a must read for any parent or child looking for the inspiration to adopt a more active and fit lifestyle! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Abbie, Girl Spy : The Case of the Missing Locket (Darren J. Butler) - Abbie, Girl Spy series Book I. Children's author, Darren J. Butler, has created a new hero for American children. Eleven year old detective, Abbie Walker, is the new super sleuth of the new century. Abbie, Girl Spy is an ongoing series for middle readers that will include many exciting mysteries for children. Here is a copy of the description of this book that appears on the back cover: First of all, I'm not a spy. By definition, spies are people who sneak around and watch other people. I'm a detective, but Abbie Girl Detective or Abbie, Private Investigator or even Abbie, Super Sleuth, sound all wrong. I have just begun the worst summer of my entire eleven year existence. Becca, my best friend and partner in crime, moved to Memphis a few weeks ago and the rest of my summer and my life are down the toilet. In addition to the misery of loosing Becca, I've been having nightmares almost every night. I've been dreaming about a ghost girl. Shes looking for someone and I think that someone might be me. After solving six cases in the past year and a half, I have now become my own client and unfortunately I must find a replacement for Becca. My choices have been narrowed down to two people - Kirk and Sarah. After the way that Sarah has treated me, I'm fairly sure I can mark her off my list. Therefore, I have decided to pick Kirk on a trial basis. I'm going to take a chance and show him the secret office under the greenhouse and let him read the files of cases one through six. Other books in the series include: Abbie, Girl Spy: The Ducks and Diamonds Mystery (Abbie, Girl Spy, 2); The Secret of Crybaby Hollow (Abbie, Girl Spy, 3); and The Masterpiece (Abbie, Girl Spy 4). Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Peter Roop & Connie Roop) - In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself. Recommended for ages 7-9.

    The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams (Rhonda Hayter) - Abbie Adams is a witch. She can't tell anyone, even her best friend, Callie, who notices Abbie acting strange. Instead she uses memory-erasing spells to keep things under control. Abbie hopes for some normalcy when her father brings home a kitten, but when Abbie looks into its eyes, she sees a trapped boy. Now Abbie needs her magic more than ever. Saving him becomes even more important when her family realizes the kitten is actually the young Thomas Edison. The world will be a much different place if they can't return him to create his famous inventions! Recommended for ages 8-11.

  • Famous People Named Abbie

    Famous People Named Abbie

    Famous People Named Abbie - Abbie Cornish (Australian actress); Abbot "Abbie" Hoffman (activist in the counterculture movement)

  • Children of Famous People Named Abbie

    Children of Famous People Named Abbie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Abbie - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Abbie.

  • Historic Figures

    Abbie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Abbie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Abbie.

Personality of the Girl Name Abbie

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Abbie

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