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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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The Guardian

The Guardian
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:43:31 -0800

In May 2008, Abijah Marquis, 36, and Joseph Graham, 33, were convicted of kidnapping Miles and imprisoned. In 2009, all four men appealed against their convictions on the grounds that their alleged victim's written statement should not have been admitted.

National Catholic Register (blog)

National Catholic Register (blog)
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:24:00 -0800

Luke introduces the familiar figures of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who will become the parents of John the Baptist, and informs us that Zechariah is a priest belonging to "the division of Abijah." At the time, the Jewish priesthood was organized as ...
Breitbart News
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:11:15 -0800

Joseph Graham and Abijah Marquis were convicted of the crime including on the basis of evidence given to police by the victim in a written statement. Her concerns for her own safety and that of her family's was so severe she refused to appear as a witness.

The Star

The Star
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:22:30 -0800

In May 2008, Abijah Marquis and Joseph Graham were convicted of kidnapping a woman from her home. The victim and her husband initially made written statements to the police but later refused to appear as witnesses at trial because they were scared for ...
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:48:45 -0800

Finally, I would like to name these nine individuals ... please take a bow: Chris Osgood, Randy Smith, Gay Foster, Paul Levasseur, Louise Papowitz, Mal Herbert, Rebecca Nixon, Frankie Knibb, and Abijah Reed. It has been a pleasure to work with you all.

Communities Digital News

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:45:00 -0800

Luke doesn't describe him as a generic priest, however – but rather specifically as Zacharias of the division of Abijah. This detail is a time-marker, because each priestly division had particular times of the year at which to serve. It is probable ...

Auburn Citizen

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 03:37:30 -0800

Merchants were Will Miller, Dave Goodrich, W.A. (Al) Hager and Abijah (Bige) Hager. Along with this was a big, three-story hotel with a large hitch barn and a livery stable. On the top floor was a big auditorium and dance floor with a stage for the music.
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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:01:19 -0700

There is a family connection between Abijah Thomas and his home's current owners. Orr said that his great-great-grandfather Charles Neitch met Abijah Thomas in Massachusetts and they became friends. Neitch had immigrated to the United States from ...

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