"father of multitudes"

Abraham Origin and Meaning

The name Abraham is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of multitudes".

Abraham is among the most classic baby names that's still widely-used today, popular for its references to both the Bible and American history. The Biblical 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 Abraham, which kept it from reaching the mass modern popularity of other biblical names like Benjamin and Samuel. Interestingly, Lincoln is now a more popular name for boys than Abraham.

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. 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

  • AbrahamBiblical patriarch
  • Abraham Lincoln16th U.S. president
  • Abraham David "Abe" BeameAmerican politician; former mayor of New York City
  • Abraham "Bram" StokerIrish novelist
  • Abraham Van Burenson of U.S. President Martin Van Buren
  • Abraham Harold MaslowAmerican psychologist
  • Abraham Ben Meir Ibn Ezramedieval Spanish rabbi and scholar
  • Abraham BaldwinU.S. Senator and Founding Father from Georgia
  • Abraham GeigerGerman rabbi who led to the founding of Reform Judaism
  • Abraham OrteliusFlemish cartographer who invented the modern atlas
  • Abraham IIII, Patriarchs of the Church of the East
  • Abraham WoodhullAmerican Revolutionary spy
  • Abraham ChamiecPolish nobleman
  • Abraham Cwi DawidowiczPolish,Jewish composer
  • Abraham FlaksRussian,Jewish chief rabbi of Cracow
  • Abraham Szymon GoldsteinPolish industrialist of Silesia
  • Abraham Abel GombinerPolish,Jewish philosopher, tzadik, chief rabbi of Kalisz
  • Abraham KarpinowiczPolish,Jewish writer
  • Abraham Izaak KamińskiPolish,Jewish actor and director
  • Abraham KulwiećPolish,Lithuanian reformation activist
  • Abraham KurcPolish,Jewish actor
  • Abraham MorewskiPolish,Jewish writer and actor
  • Abraham NeumannPolish painter and graphic designer
  • Abraham PerlmutterPolish rabbi and parliamentarian
  • Abraham SochaPolish crusader from Masovia
  • Abraham Jakub SternPolish,Jewish inventor
  • Abraham Lincoln "Abe" ErlangerAmerican theatrical producer, director, designer, theatre owner, and a leading figure of the Theatrical Syndicate
  • Abraham ZbąskiPolish magnate
  • Abraham Elliot Wolofsky (b. 2008)son of American country singer Lila McCann
  • Abraham Selassie Robert Nesta Marley (b. 2011)son of Jamaican musician Ziggy Marley
  • Abraham GeorgeIndian,American businessman, academic, and philanthropist; founder of Shanti Bhavan, a free K,12 boarding school of international standards for children from disadvantaged backgrounds in India

Abraham in Pop Culture

  • Abraham Van Helsingcharacter in Bram Stoker's "Dracula"
  • Abraham JayJedediah "Abe" Simpson aka Grampa Simpson, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • Abraham Fordcharacter on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • Abraham Setrakiancharacter on TV's "The Strain"
  • Abraham Finkelcharacter in "Sims" series
  • Abraham Van Helsing from the otome visual novel Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirthonly loosely based on his literary namesake.
  • Abraham Ravenwoodone of the antagonists of the Caster Chronicles series
  • Abraham “Abe” Sapiencharacter in “Hellboy”