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Abraham Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Abraham is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Abraham is "father of multitudes".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 180 in baby name popularity for boys with 2351 occurrences.  It ranked 10864 in popular baby names for girls with 9 occurrences. 

View the Abraham Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Abraham has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Abraham to other names.


Abraham is referred to as "our Father" in both the bible and the Quran. For this reason, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are considered "Abrahamic religions".

According to the book of Genesis, Abraham is the founding patriarch of the Israelites and other kindred peoples.

Jews, Christians, and Muslims consider Abraham to be the father of the people of Israel. For Jews and Christians this is through his son Isaac, by his wife Sarah.

Muslims also believe that Abraham is a prophet of Islam and the ancestor of Muhammad. For Muslims this is through his son Ishmael, by his wife Hagar, Sarah's handmaiden.

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Related Names

The names Aapo, Abarran, Abarrane, Abraam, Abracham, Abrahamo, Abrahamus, Abrahan, Abrahana, Abramo, Avrom, Avrum, Braheem, Brahim, Braima, Ebrahim, Ibraheem, Ibrahem, Ibrahim are all forms of Abraham.

Abraham has the diminutives (nicknames) Abe, Abram, Abran, Bram.

Other Tidbits

Abraham falls into the biblical name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Abraham Lincoln.

Name Fun

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Just for fun, see the name Abraham in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.