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Quick Facts on Abby

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 352
Simple meaning:
Father's joy

Characteristics of Abby

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Abby

Abby is a diminutive name for Abigail but has been used as an independently given name for over 100 years. Abigail is a name borne from the Bible as one of King David’s wives. The name comes from a Hebrew word (Avigayil) which means ‘Father’s joy’. She shows up in the Bible (1 Samuel 25-30) as Nabal’s wife “and the name of his wife Abigail, and she was a woman of good understanding and of a beautiful countenance.” She brings offerings to David when Nabal refuses him and his soldiers supplies after they protected his shepherds and possessions from harm. After Nabal’s death, Abigail accepts David’s offer of marriage. The name came into popularity in England in the 16th century under the influence of the Puritans. Interestingly, it is also 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.

Popularity of the Name Abby

The name Abby enjoyed a spot on the U.S. popularity charts back in 1880, the first year the government began tracking naming trends. This goes to show you how long this “nickname” has been a given name in her own right. However, before the turn of the 20th century, the name Abby retreated off the charts. She would go into hibernation for another 50+ years until she reemerged again in 1952. By the late 1990s, Abby got as high as the Top 200 list of most commonly used girl names, but in recent years the name has declined. Abby is not only in competition with the traditional Abigail, but there is also a rivalry with Abbie and Abbey. Abby is a cute and snappy version of Abigail and a good choice for contemporary parents who prefer the no-nonsense simplicity of this two-syllable nickname. Abby also seems to convey a tomboy-coolness on little girls, and yet ages nicely into a ‘Dear Abby’. And if your daughter is born under the sign of Cancer, you can always refer to her as Crabby Abby!
Popularity of the Girl Name Abby
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Abby

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Abby

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Abby

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

  • Popular Songs on Abby

    Popular Songs on Abby

    Dear Abby - a song by the Dead Kennedys

    Dear Abby - a song by John Prine

    Dear Abby - a song by The Hearts

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Abby

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Abby

    Abby Cadabby Makes a Wish (Naomi Kleinberg) - Abby Cadabby is Sesame Street's newest beloved Muppet. As a fairy-in-training, she's always practicing the magical spells she learns at Mrs. Sparkle's Flying Fairy School. But more often than not, her spells go a little bit awry and she doesn't get exactly what she's trying for. Sometimes Abby is frustrated by her mixed-up spells, but Elmo and all of her other Sesame Street friends are always delighted by what appears instead. This sweet story about perseverence, self-confidence, and friendship taps into the fairy craze and will appeal to any child who loves Sesame Street, fairies, and make-believe, and who believes in the power of magical spells. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power (David Pogue) - While preparing a salad one afternoon, sixth-grader Abby Carnelia makes the astonishing discovery that when she tugs on her earlobes, she can make a hardboiled egg spin. The library and Internet research give her no insight into this seemingly useless power. Then her dad suggests that she attend a summer magic camp. Abby hopes that it might help her find out why she is able to cause this strange phenomenon. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Abby Wambach (Tamra Orr) - Few soccer fields have seen a player as fearless as Abby Wambach. From the time she fought to keep up with her older brothers and sisters to today, as she fights to make a goal, she has been unstoppable. She gets knocked down, run over, and injured but just keeps going. Even a gash requiring 11 stitches couldn t keep her off the field during the 2007 Women s World Cup. As tough as she is, Wambach is also a terrific teammate and a lot of fun to share the field with. Find out what makes this player so special starting with her first fearless step onto a diving board. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Abby's Birds (Ellen Schwartz) - Abby makes an unlikely friend in her neighborhood—her elderly Japanese neighbor, Mrs. Naka. All spring and summer, the two delight in the robins that live in the maple tree that straddles their yards, following the birds' progress as they nest and the babies hatch and learn to fly. Mrs. Naka teaches Abby how to make tori—origami birds. Later, when Mrs. Naka has an accident, will Abby be able to use her new skill to conjure up a surprise to comfort her ailing neighbor? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining (Anne Mazer) - The first book in the prolific Abby Hayes series. In a style that is reminiscent of the Amelia books by Marissa Moss, this offers the innermost thoughts of Abby Hayes as she looks for a way to shine in her family of superstars. Told through prose, journal entries, and line drawings, the story follows Abby as she tries to make her mark in soccer, though she has little natural talent or inclination. Meanwhile, she is oblivious to her true calling--writing--until a piece she writes on soccer is printed in the local newspaper. The first in a series, this covers some well-traveled ground, but the format, the realistic happenings, and the upbeat ending make it appealing fare. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    First Look and Find: Abby Cadabby Fairy Tale Fun (Sesame Street) - Conceived and designed specifically for preschoolers, follows Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby as she drops in on the scene of seven beloved fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Each vividly drawn scene suggests five or six find em items for the child to seek out. Items have been carefully positioned in each picture to prevent frustration and encourage a sense of accomplishment for the child. Abby Cadabby peeks out in every scene, delighting readers at every turn of the page. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Sesame Street Guess Who, Abby! (Constance Allen) - Abby Cadabby's friends on Sesame Street are dressing up as famous nursery rhyme characters in Guess Who, Abby! Text on each spread prompts Abby, and kids - to guess which nursery rhyme character is speaking. When they open the flap, one of their favorite Sesame Street friends, dressed as Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, or Old King Cole, is waiting to greet them with the answer. The full nursery rhyme appears under the flap as well. There is also a fun pop-up on the very last spread which features the nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

  • Famous People Named Abby

    Famous People Named Abby

    Famous People Named Abby - Abby Dalton (actress); Abby Kelley (abolitionist and social activist); Abby Rockefeller Mauzé (Rockefeller family); Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (socialite and philanthropist); Abby Sunderland (sailor who was rescued while trying to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world); Abby Travis (musician); Abby Wambach (soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Abby

    Children of Famous People Named Abby

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

  • Historic Figures

    Abby - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Abby

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Abby

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