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Gender: M Meaning of Abraham: "father of multitudes" Origin of Abraham: Hebrew Abraham's Popularity in 2012: #194

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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 194. 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.

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Famous People Named Abraham

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 Harold Maslow, renowned American psychologist

Pop Culture References for the Name Abraham

Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula
Abraham 'Grampa' Simpson, of The Simpsons

Abe, Abie, Abrahn, Braham, Bram, Ham

Abraham's International Variations

Ebrahim, Ibrahim (Arabic) Aram (Armenian) Abarran (Basque) Avram (Greek) Avrom, Avron, Avraham, Avrum (Hebrew) Abracham (Irish Gaelic) Abrahamo, Abramo (Italian) Abrão (Portuguese) Abrasha, Avramij, Avraam (Russian) Avrán, Brancho, Abrahán, Aberhán, Abraán, Abrán (Spanish) Avrumke (Yiddish)