This name may be viewed either as meaning "father of many" in Hebrew or else as a contraction of ABRAM (1)
and הָמוֹן (hamon)
"many, multitude". The biblical Abraham was originally named Abram but God changed his name (see Genesis 17:5). He led his followers from Ur into Canaan, and is regarded by the Jews as being the founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac
and by the 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 Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the American president during the Civil War.