Abraham Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Abraham:
Hebrew name meaning "father of many." Abraham's original name was Abram (exalted father). He was the son of Terah and patriarch of both the Hebrews and Arabs. He was the husband of Sarah and father of Ishmael and Isaac.
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USAGE: English, Hebrew, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin
OTHER SCRIPTS: אַבְרָהָם (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: AY-brə-ham (English), AH-brah-hahm (Dutch)
VARIANT: Avraham (Hebrew)
DIMINUTIVES: Abe, Bram (English), Abe (Jewish), Avi (Hebrew), Braam, Bram (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ebrahim, Ibraheem, Ibrahim (Arabic), Abraam (Biblical Greek), Avraham (Biblical Hebrew), Ibro (Bosnian), Ibragim (Chechen), Aabraham, Aapo (Finnish), Abraam, Abram (Georgian), Braam (Limburgish), Ibragim (Ossetian), Ebrahim (Persian), Abram (Russian), İbrahim (Turkish), Ibrahima (Western African)
POPULARITY: #180 in United States, #475 in England and Wales, #74 in Mexico, #421 in Netherlands, #94 in Spain
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Abe, Bram, Avi, Abey, Abram
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This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM and הָמוֹן (hamon) "many, multitude". The biblical Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). He led his followers from Ur into Canaan, and is regarded by the Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by the Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.
As an English Christian name, Abraham became common after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the American president during the Civil War.
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Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
Abraham Beame, former Mayor of New York
Abraham Van Buren, son of 8th US President Martin Van Buren
Abraham "Bram" Stoker, author
Abraham Benrubi, American character actor
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Abraham, viewed by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim people as the founding patriarch of the Israelites.
Abraham, Arnold Jackson's pet goldfish on the TV series "Diff'rent Strokes".
"Abraham", song by Sufjan Stevens
Abraham Whistler, fictional character in Marvel Comics universe
Abraham Van Helsing, character from Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula"
Abraham Simpson aged 83
Abraham Ford - character in both the book and TV series "The Walking Dead"