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Abby is a delightful and upbeat name. Charming and concise, Abby has been an independent name since the early 20th century. Abby Hatcher is the main protagonist of the eponymous children's show, and Abby Lockhart is the courageous medical doctor on the television's ER. Keep reading to learn more about this given name.

Meaning of the name Abby:

Hebrew: My father is joy
Old Saxon: Sweet refuge

Origin of the name Abby:

Abby is a diminutive of the name Abigail. This name is the English version of the Hebrew name Avigayil. The name combines the words ‘av (meaning “father”) and gil meaning “joy.” Like many nicknames and diminutives, Abby is now a standalone name. In addition to the Hebrew origin, Abby can also derive from the Old Saxon Æþþe (meaning “sweet refuge”).

Symbolism of the name Abby:

Abby is a diminutive of the Hebrew name Abigail. In the Bible, Abigail is an intelligent and beautiful shepherdess who advises David against needless bloodshed. The symbol for Abigail is the shepherd.

Style of the name Abby:

Classic

Gender of the name Abby:

Abby is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Abby:

AB-ee

Number of syllables in the name Abby:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Abby:

The name Abby evokes feelings of cheerfulness and goodwill.

Alternative spellings for the name Abby:

Nicknames for the name Abby:

  • Abs
  • Bibi

Popularity of the name Abby:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Abby was the 508th most popular name for girls in 2020.

Related names for the name Abby:

Great middle names for Abby and their meanings:

  • Arden (great forest, ardent, enthusiastic)
  • Bryn (hill)
  • Clare (clear, bright, famous)
  • Jean (God is gracious)
  • Lee (meadow, clearing)
  • Maya (mother goddess, water, magic)
  • Paige (attendant)
  • Sage (wise one)
  • Veronica (bringer of victory, true image)
  • Wren (small bird)

Famous people with the name Abby:

  • Abby May Erceg (athlete)
  • Abby Ryder Fortson (actress)
  • Abby Kelley Foster (abolitionist)
  • Abby Jane Johnson (daughter of golfer Zach Johnson)
  • Abby Fisher Leavitt (social reformer)
  • Abby Imogen Mavers (actress)

Abby in popular culture:

  • Abby Hatcher (protagonist of the eponymous children's show)
  • Abby Lockhart (fictional doctor on the television series ER)
  • Abby Newman (character on The Young and the Restless)