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Abijah (אביה 'aḆiYaH), alternatively spelled Abiah and Abia, in modern Hebrew Aviya,[citation needed] is a Biblical Hebrew[1] unisex name[2] that means "my Father is Yahweh".[1]

Russian name[edit]

The variant used in the Russian language is "А́вия" (Aviya),[1] with "А́бия"[1] or "Аби́я" (Abiya),[2] being older forms.[1] Included into various, often handwritten, church calendars throughout the 17th–19th centuries, it was omitted from the official Synodal Menologium at the end of the 19th century.[3] In 1924–1930, the name (as "Ави́я", a form of "Abiya"[2]) was included into various Soviet calendars,[3] which included the new and often artificially created names promoting the new Soviet realities and encouraging the break with the tradition of using the names in the Synodal Menologia.[4] In Russian it is only used as a female name.[1][2] Diminutives of this name include "А́ва" (Ava) and "Ви́я" (Viya).[1]

Old Testament characters[edit]



  • Abijah (king) of the Kingdom of Judah, also known as Abijam (אבים 'aḄiYaM "My Father is Yam [Sea]"), who was son of Rehoboam and succeeded him on the throne of Judah (1 Chr. 3:10, Matthew 1:7, 1 Kings 14:31).
  • A son of Becher, the son of Benjamin (1 Chr. 7:8).
  • The second son of Samuel (1 Samuel 8:2; 1 Chr. 6:28). His conduct, along with that of his brother, as a judge in Beer-sheba, to which office his father had appointed him, led to popular discontent, and ultimately provoked the people to demand a monarchy.
  • A descendant of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, a chief of one of the twenty-four orders into which the priesthood was divided by David (1 Chr. 24:10). The order of Abijah was one of those that did not return from the Captivity (Ezra 2:36–39; Nehemiah 7:39–42; 12:1).
  • A son of Jeroboam, the first king of Israel. On account of his severe illness when a youth, his father sent his wife to consult the prophet Ahijah regarding his recovery. The prophet, though blind with old age, knew the wife of Jeroboam as soon as she approached, and under a divine impulse he announced to her that inasmuch as in Abijah alone of all the house of Jeroboam there was found "some good thing toward the Lord", he only would come to his grave in peace. As his mother crossed the threshold of the door on her return, the youth died, and "all Israel mourned for him" (1 Kings 14:1–18).
  • The head of the eighth of the twenty-four courses into which David divided the priests, and an ancestor of Zecharias the priest, who was the father of John the Baptist (1Chronicles 24:10, Luke 1:5, Luke 1:13).



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Petrovsky, p. 35
  2. ^ a b c d Superanskaya, p. 277
  3. ^ a b Superanskaya, pp. 23 and 277 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Superanskaya2a" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Елена Душечкина. "Мессианские тенденции в советской антропонимической практике 1920-х - 1930-х годов" (Russian)


  • Н. А. Петровский (N. A. Petrovsky). "Словарь русских личных имён" (Dictionary of Russian First Names). ООО Издательство "АСТ". Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-17-002940-3
  • А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Словарь русских имён" (Dictionary of Russian Names). Издательство Эксмо. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-699-14090-5
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainEaston, Matthew George (1897). "Abijah". Easton's Bible Dictionary (New and revised ed.). T. Nelson and Sons. 

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Southwest Journal

Southwest Journal
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:55:30 -0800

Abijah Archer, a Southwest senior, used his turn at the bullhorn to draw attention to segregation in Twin Cities schools, the subject of a class action lawsuit recently filed against the state. Archer noted he'd attended Lake Harriet Community School, ...


Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:29:38 -0800

John's father, Zacharias, was a priest serving in the Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah (Luke 1:5). Historical calculations indicate this course of service corresponded to June 13-19 in that year (The Companion Bible, 1974, Appendix 179, p ...

Harvard Crimson

Harvard Crimson
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:47:47 -0800

The protest in turn prompted the writing of the “Rebelliad,” an epic poem about the incident (composed by the founder of Med Fac): “When Nathan threw a piece of bread,/ and hit Abijah on the head./ The wrathful freshman in a trice/ sent back another ...

Barbados Today

Barbados Today
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:34:50 -0700

An emotional funeral service was held today for Abijah Ijestic Holder-Phillips, who died in a car accident on June 26 on his way home from his school graduation. Shortly after the boy's mother, Felisha Holder, delivered a moving eulogy, speaking ...

Nation News

Nation News
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The tone of the Welches Primary School's Facebook page switched from one of merriment to sombre reflection, with a burning candle profile picture bearing the cryptic RIP. Within hours of his graduation on Friday Abijah, who was would have entered Queen ...

Glens Falls Post-Star

Glens Falls Post-Star
Sat, 24 Oct 2015 22:13:13 -0700

TROY | Abijah Lorena-Jade Ritchie, Oct. 7, 2015 - Oct. 14, 2015; between those two dates is not just a dash, but rather a life full of love, happiness and joy. A life, although short, that deeply touched many people, leaving a permanent impression on ...

News Dispatch

News Dispatch
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:07:30 -0800

The remains of Abijah Bigelow lie in Greenwood Cemetery. He was one of the small company of immortals known as Minute Men, who, on April 19, 1775, allied on Lexington Commons at the call of Paul Revere and "fired the shot heard round the world." Later ...

Nation News

Nation News
Mon, 29 Jun 2015 21:18:45 -0700

Students of Class 4.2 examining one of the many black cloths that were tied around the school as part of their tribute to late classmate Abijah Holder-Phillips, who died on Friday after a vehicular accident. At left is class teacher Dr Lesandra Tudor ...

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