Abijah (Hebrew: אֲבִיָּה ’Ăḇîyāh; also Abiah, Abia; in modern Hebrew Aviya) is a Biblical Hebrew[1] unisex name[2] that means "my Father is Yah".[1]

Russian name

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





  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Petrovsky, p. 35
  2. 1 2 3 4 Superanskaya, p. 277
  3. 1 2 Superanskaya, pp. 22, 23, and 277
  4. Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Елена Душечкина. "Мессианские тенденции в советской антропонимической практике 1920-х - 1930-х годов" (Russian)


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