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Gender: M Meaning of Hiram: "brother of the exalted one" Origin of Hiram: Hebrew

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Hiram is the kind of forgotten biblical name that adventurous parents who wish to move beyond David and Daniel are beginning to reconsider--even though it has bits of its old stiff-collared image clinging to it, along with a little hillbilly feel as well. The name belonged to an Old Testament king of Tyre who helped David and Solomon plan and build the temple in Jerusalem, and was a favorite in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, though a couple of well-known bearers dropped it--Ulysses S. Grant was orignially Hiram Ulysses Grant, but he didn't like having the initials H.U.G., and country singer Hank Williams was also born Hiram. With its definite funk factor, and its friendly nickname Hi, Hiram would make a distinctive choice.

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Famous People Named Hiram

Hiram King "Hank" Williams, American singer
Hiram Powers, American sculptor
Hiram Gill, first US mayor to undergo a recall election
Hiram Ulysses Grant, 18th American President
Hiram Bithorn, first Puerto Rican MLB baseball player
Hiram Stevens Maxim, American inventor
Hiram Percy Maxim, American inventor
Hiram F. Smith (1829-93), one of 1st Pacific-Northwest settlers

Pop Culture References for the Name Hiram

Hiram Berry, Rachel's father on Glee
Hiram Flaversham, Olivia's father in The Great Mouse Detective
Hiram Baker, doctor on Little House on the Prairie
Hiram McDaniels, six-headed dragon in "Welcome to Night Vale"
Hiram, a very popular name for Masonic Temples
Hiram, character in movie & novel "The 19th Wife"
Hiram Stolowitski, character in Kathy Reichs "Virals"

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