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Gender: M Meaning of Abraham: "father of multitudes" Origin of Abraham: Hebrew Abraham's Popularity in 2015: #170

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 170, its highest position in nearly a century. 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 I-III, Patriarchs of the Church of the East
Abraham Woodhull, American Revolutionary spy
Abraham Chamiec, Polish nobleman
Abraham Cwi Dawidowicz, Polish-Jewish composer
Abraham Flaks, Russian-Jewish chief rabbi of Cracow
Abraham Szymon Goldstein, Polish industrialist of Silesia
Abraham Abel Gombiner, Polish-Jewish philosopher, tzadik, chief rabbi of Kalisz
Abraham Karpinowicz, Polish-Jewish writer
Abraham Izaak Kamiński, Polish-Jewish actor and director
Abraham Kulwieć, Polish-Lithuanian reformation activist
Abraham Kurc, Polish-Jewish actor
Abraham Morewski, Polish-Jewish writer and actor
Abraham Neumann, Polish painter and graphic designer
Abraham Perlmutter, Polish rabbi and parliamentarian
Abraham Socha, Polish crusader from Masovia
Abraham Jakub Stern, Polish-Jewish inventor
Abraham Zbąski, Polish magnate

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 Ford, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Abraham Setrakian, character on TV's "The Strain"

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)