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Gender: Male Meaning of Abraham: "father of multitudes" Origin of Abraham: Hebrew Abraham's Popularity in 2017: #170

The name Abraham is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "father of multitudes". Abraham is ranked #170 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "{boys} love/like/lose: alt. version".

From the experts:

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

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 Lincoln "Abe" Erlanger, American theatrical producer, director, designer, theatre owner, and a leading figure of the Theatrical Syndicate
Abraham Zbąski, Polish 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 George, Indian-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

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"
Abraham Finkel, character in "Sims" series
Abraham Van Helsing from the otome visual novel Code Realize: Guardian of Rebirth, only loosely based on his literary namesake.
Abraham Ravenwood, one of the antagonists of the Caster Chronicles series

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)


TechnoKitten Says:


A bra ham

Catgirlmri Says:


Well.... the president was a great man. The name... in my opinion, not so great.

Skittlewiddles Says:


I really like how strong, familiar, yet under-used this name is. I knew an Abraham in college that just went as Abe and thought it worked really well for him. If Abraham would be too much to carry through childhood, could Abe or Abel be more wearable?

ashbee Says:


This name has a lot of substance. It's unique while being familiar. I find it strong and handsome.

awheezie Says:


My neighbors friend had her baby last year and his name is Abraham Joseph, they call him AJ ..

Nozomi Says:


Lol never thought of that till now! To much teasing and plus I can't imagine a baby / toddler / teen with this name.

kertheshe Says:


A bra and a ham in one name? I'll take two.
Just kidding, don't like this name.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Love it, it doesn't feel old to me and I think it could work on a baby, child, teen, adult, etc. I really cannot fault this name, especially as it comes with the amazing nickname Bram.

headintheclouds Says:


I think old man whenever I see the name Abraham, since I associate it with the (old) biblical Abraham and the (old) Abraham Lincoln. It's a strong handsome name with history though, and when it's shortened to Bram or Abram, it takes on a new life and I actually really like it.