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Gender: Male Meaning of Abraham: "father of multitudes" Origin of Abraham: Hebrew Abraham's Popularity in 2018: #164

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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Popularity

Rank in US: #164

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Famous People Named Abraham

Pop Culture References for the name Abraham

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)

Comments

scblovesnames Says:

2019-05-26T16:09:29

If you teach your kids not to tease because of a name, they won't tease. The thing is, it's adults who tease and children copy. Let's just focus on our own behavior. This is a good, strong, masculine name. I like Bible names. Abe is a classic, short nickname. I do prefer to use it in the middle name slot, not as a first, but that has nothing to do with teasing, mostly to do with prefering another strong bible name up front.

TechnoKitten Says:

2019-01-28T20:08:53

A bra ham

Catgirlmri Says:

2017-02-17T01:45:12

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

Skittlewiddles Says:

2016-10-25T09:50:51

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:

2016-03-30T22:28:17

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

awheezie Says:

2016-01-08T01:21:28

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

Nozomi Says:

2016-01-08T00:54:32

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:

2016-01-04T11:41:06

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

FantasyandPrayer Says:

2015-08-25T14:06:20

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:

2015-02-09T04:48:53

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.