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Given Name ABRAHAM
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: אַבְרָהָם (Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: AY-brə-ham (English), AH-brah-hahm (Dutch)   [key]
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) "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.
Related Names
VARIANT: Avraham (Hebrew)
DIMINUTIVES: Abe, Bram (English), Abe (Jewish), Avi (Hebrew), Braam, Bram (Dutch)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ebrahim, Ibraheem, Ibrahim (Arabic), Abraam (Biblical Greek), Avraham (Biblical Hebrew), Ibro (Bosnian), Ibragim (Chechen), Aabraham, Aapo (Finnish), Abraam, Abram (Georgian), Ábrahám (Hungarian), Ibrahim (Indonesian), Abramo (Italian), Braam (Limburgish), Ibrahim (Malay), Ibragim (Ossetian), Ebrahim (Persian), Abraão (Portuguese), Abram (Russian), İbrahim (Turkish), Ibrahima (Western African)
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