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 158, its highest position since 1918 -- almost exactly a century ago. 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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