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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
  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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Wed, 27 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Examples include Lamech, Jacob, Asher and Elkanah with two wives each; Esau and Rehaboam with three each; Gideon and David with many; Abijah with 14; and Solomon with 700 wives. In Deuteronomy 22:28-29, we find the union of the rapist and his ...

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Wed, 27 May 2015 12:41:15 -0700

Soon, though, Dorothy (played by Abijah Cunningham) shows the audience his true character when she scares the lion to tears. He's a coward, but along his journey through Oz, he discovers his courage. “The lion was my dream role,” said Washington.

Southwest Virginia Today

Southwest Virginia Today
Thu, 21 May 2015 15:10:07 -0700

Abijah Thomas designed and built the brick house with slave labor between 1856 and 1858 while expanding his interests in land, crops, machinery and labor. “It is unconventional in plan, even by octagonal house standards,” notes Preservation Virginia ...
Gainesville Sun
Wed, 20 May 2015 11:22:30 -0700

Musical selections were offered by Abijah Bertrand on saxophone, Cornelius Lavan, also on saxophone, and Evelyn Banks, who sang, "Lord, I'm Available to You." Tawanna Bryant delivered a powerful praise dance. Bryant is a member of the Church of the ...

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Fri, 22 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

Lauren Smith, left, and classmate and friend Abijah Pennant share a laugh during English class at Bethel Christian Academy in Jessup. "Lauren's a really good friend of mine so I feel really proud of her," Pennant said of Smith's spelling accomplishments.


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Preservation Virginia and town officials eye Port Royal's mid-1700s Peyton-Brockenbrough House, much in need of restoration, during a 2014 visit. It was the first place where John Wilkes Booth and his party stopped on April 24, 1865, during his flight ...
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