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Gender: M Meaning of Abraham: "father of multitudes" Origin of Abraham: Hebrew Abraham's Popularity in 2014: #180

Abraham was the first of the Old Testament patriarchs and is considered the founding father of the Jewish people. He was originally named Abram, until, according to Genesis, he was told, "No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations."

In the nineteenth century, President Lincoln hung a beard on the name, which kept it from reaching the mass modern popularity of other biblical names like Benjamin and Samuel.

Now that names like Ezekiel and Isaiah are making a comeback, more parents are thinking about a Baby Abie or -- even better -- a Baby Bram, to the point where Abraham now ranks at Number 180. And it does, of course, have the noble namesake of Honest Abe to recommend it.

Country music singer Lila McCann chose it for her son, as did musician Ziggy Marley.

Abraham Van Helsing is the wise Dutch doctor in Dracula who understands the ways of vampires.

Famous People Named Abraham

Abraham, Biblical patriarch
Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president
Abraham David "Abe" Beame, American politician; former mayor of New York City
Abraham "Bram" Stoker, Irish novelist
Abraham Van Buren, son of U.S. President Martin Van Buren
Abraham Harold Maslow, American psychologist
Abraham Ben Meir Ibn Ezra, medieval Spanish rabbi and scholar
Abraham Baldwin, U.S. Senator and Founding Father from Georgia
Abraham Geiger, German rabbi who led to the founding of Reform Judaism
Abraham Ortelius, Flemish cartographer who invented the modern atlas
Abraham II, Patriarch of the Church of the East
Abraham Woodhull, American Revolutionary spy

Pop Culture References for the name Abraham

Abraham Van Helsing, character in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
Abraham Jay-Jedediah "Abe" Simpson aka Grampa Simpson, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
Abraham "Abe" Woodhull, character from the AMC show "TURN: Washington's Spies"
Abraham Ford, character from "The Walking Dead"

Bram, Abe, Abie, Abrahn, Ham, Braham

Abraham's International Variations

Abrasha, Avramij, Avraam (Russian) AvrÁn, Brancho, AbrahÁn, AberhÁn, AbraÁn, AbrÁn (Spanish) Avrom, Avron, Avraham, Avrum (Hebrew) Aram (Armenian) AbrÃo (Portuguese) Avrumke (Yiddish) Abarran (Basque) Abrahamo, Abramo (Italian) Avram (Greek) Abracham (Irish Gaelic) Ebrahim, Ibrahim (Arabic)