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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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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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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 ...


Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:16:10 -0700

Jourdan Chanquion Mack, 20; Beth Strange, 18; Abijah James Masse, 17; and Joshua Odell Simmons, 17; are all facing first-degree murder charges. Mack graduated from Green Hope High School in 2014 and Masses is currently a senior at Green Hope.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:45:00 -0700

The following persons volunteered and went with me to Scopus, to wit: Nathaniel Hubbard, Benjamin Baldwin, David Kibbe, Jr., Abijah Hubbard, John Kibbe, and Isaac Finch." Put some theatrical spice in your holiday party when the hot dogs come off the ...


Thu, 02 Jul 2015 08:11:15 -0700

Charged with murder are 20-year-old Jourdan Mack, 18-year-old Beth Strange, 17-year-old Abijah Masse, and 17-year-old Joshua Simmons. All are from neighboring Morrisville and were denied bond during a hearing Monday. Julian Hall, an attorney who ...

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:07:30 -0700

On Monday pupils at Lawrence T. Gay Memorial reflected sadly on the life of six-year-old Johann King, joining the family of Welches Primary School who were still struggling with the loss of Abijah Holder-Phillips, 11, who died in a traffic accident ...

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Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:07:30 -0700

That is how Mark Maloney, chief executive officer of Preconco, has termed Opposition Leader Mia Mottley's comments about the entrance to the Villages at Coverley following last week's accident there in which 11-year-old Abijah Holder-Phillips died.
Barbados Advocate
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:04:56 -0700

This warning is being reiterated after separate vehicular accidents resulted in the deaths of 68-year-old Samuel Clarke, 27-year-old Trivaun Cadogan and 11-year-old Abijah Holder, all in the space of a few days, and only weeks after a 14-year-old ...

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