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Scriptsאַבְרָהָם Hebrew
PronouncedPron.AY-brə-ham English
A-BRA-AM French
AH-brah-hahm Dutch
A-bra-ham German

Meaning & History

This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM (1) and הָמוֹן (hamon) meaning "many, multitude". The biblical patriarch Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). With his father Terah, he led his wife Sarah, his nephew Lot and their other followers from Ur into Canaan. He is regarded by Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs through his son Ishmael.

As an English Christian name, Abraham became common after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was the American president Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), who pushed to abolish slavery and led the country through the Civil War.
VariantAvraham Hebrew
DiminutivesAbe, Bram English Avi Hebrew Braam, Bram Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesEbrahim, Ibraheem, Ibrahim Arabic Brahim Arabic (Maghrebi) İbrahim Azerbaijani Abraam Biblical Greek Avraham Biblical Hebrew Ibrahim, Ibro Bosnian Ibragim Chechen Aabraham, Aapo Finnish Ibrahima Fula Abraam, Abram Georgian Ábrahám Hungarian Ibrahim Indonesian Abramo Italian Braam Limburgish Ibrahim Malay Ibragim Ossetian Ebrahim Persian Abraão Portuguese Abram Russian Ibrahima Serer İbrahim Turkish Ibrahima Wolof
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Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute