Origin of AbigailClassical Hebrew (language) avigayil, literally , father is rejoicing a feminine name: dim. Abby, Gail
Origin of Abigail< Abigail, name of a maid in The Scornful Lady by Beaumont and Fletcher (c. 1613)[a-] a lady's maid
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre:
- In the servants’ hall two coachmen and three gentlemen’s gentlemen stood or sat round the fire; the abigails, I suppose, were upstairs with their mistresses; the new servants, that had been hired from Millcote, were bustling about everywhere.
From the name Abigail, as given to a waiting-maid in Beaumont and Fletcher's play The Scornful Lady.
Hebrew אֲבִיגַיִל (avigáyil, “Abigail”, literally “her Father's joy” or “fountain of joy”).