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

The name Hiram is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "brother of the exalted one". Hiram and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop one with middles ... BOYS :)".

From the experts:

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) Ulysses S. Grant, 18th United States President
Hiram King "Hank" Williams, American singer
Hiram Warren Johnson, U.S Senator and governor of California
Hiram Powers, American sculptor
Hiram Gill, first U.S. mayor to undergo a recall election
Hiram Bithorn, first Puerto Rican MLB baseball player
Hiram Stevens Maxim, American inventor
Hiram Percy Maxim, American inventor
Hiram Bingham I, American missionary to Hawaii
Hiram Bingham III, explorer and U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Hiram Leong Fong, first Asian-American U.S. Senator (Hawaii)
Hiram F. Smith, early U.S. Pacific Northwest settler
Hiram Walker, American inventor of Canadian Club Whiskey
Hiram Law Bullock, American jazz guitarist

Pop Culture References for the name Hiram

Hiram Lodge, father of Veronica Lodge in Archie comics and TV's Riverdale
Hiram Berry, Rachel's father on TV's "Glee"
Hiram "Hi" Flagston, character in comic strip "Hi and Lois"
Hiram Flaversham, Olivia's father in Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective"
Hiram Baker, doctor on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
Hiram McDaniels, five-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 Reich's "Virals"
"The Adventures of Hiram Holliday," TV series

Hyram, Hyrum, Hy, Hirom, Hi


Mhill46 Says:


I met someone with this name and they went by the nickname "Sam". I really liked it especially with that nickname! Definitely want to use it!

katinka Says:


Pronounced "HYE-ram"

knares713 Says:


I am wondering about the legitimacy of the name meaning. "Brother of the Exalted One." Sounds like it was made up by Mormons to make it sound like their founder, Joseph Smith, is worthy of being exalted because his brother Hyrum just so happened to have this name.

headintheclouds Says:


I'm not sure if the pronunciation of Hiram is "high-ram" or "hee-ram", I just know that I dislike them both. Plus Hiram's to be one of the names that's just too hillbilly and old-South for me, and if one is looking for more alternative biblical names than the standard Jacob or Noah, there are plenty of other much more appealing ones to start with before I'd suggest or even look at Hiram.

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