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What does Abraham mean?

Abraham Pronunciation of Abraham [abra-ham] as a boys' name is pronounced AY-bra-ham. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Abraham is "father of a multitude (of nations)". The Hebrew form is Avraham. Biblical: Abraham, celebrated for his great faith, was the ancestor-father of Israel and some of the Arabic peoples. He had a son named Isaac when he was 100 and his wife Sarah was 90. The name was used from the 16th century, and various early saints of the Eastern Roman Empire also bore this name. The name was popular while Abraham Lincoln was president and even after his assasination.

Associated with: biblical, great, arabic, 16th century, saints, roman, empire (king), popular (famous).


Abraham has 22 variants: Ab, Abarran, Abe, Aberham, Abey, Abie, Abrahamo, Abrahan, Abrahim, Abram, Abrami, Abramo, Abrams, Abran, Avi, Avraham, Avram, Avrom, Brahm, Bram, Ebrahim and Ibrahim.

3 feminine forms: Abarrane, Abra and Abriana.

Creative forms:
(male) Abraar, Achaham, ..

(female) Abraan, Abrana, ..

Middle name pairings:
Abraham Ken (A.K.), ..

How popular is Abraham?

Abraham is a very popular first name for men (#347 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1250 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Abraham reached its top rank of #155 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is presently at #170. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abraham name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Abraham outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Abram (#383 from recent data), Ibrahim (#435), Avi (#946), Avraham (#1316), Abe (#1841), Ab and Abie are the popular related forms of Abraham (#170 from recent data) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Abraham were at the apex of their popularity in 2015 (median #1136), except for the form Abe which has fallen out of fashion. Abraham, Abram, Ibrahim and Avi are four of the more fashionable boy names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Abraham, Ab, Abe, Abie, Abram in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Avi, Avraham, Ibrahim in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ibrahim outside U.S.

Similar Names

Abraham is pronounced similarly to Ibraheem. Other suggested similar names are Abdalah, Abiah, Abisha, Abishai, Abrian, Absalom, Adham, Amaram, Amram, Aram, Arram, Barnham (see Barnum), Earlham, Farnham, Fernham (see Farnham), Gersham, Gorham, Graeham, Graham, Ingraham, Markham, Raham, Wortham and Yngraham. These names tend to be less frequently used than Abraham.

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