What does Abraham mean?
Abraham /abra-ham/ [3 sylls.] 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.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Abraham for boys. Abraham reached its top rank of #144 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is presently at #180. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Abraham and related names. Abram (#377 last year), Ibrahim (#455) and Abe are the popular related forms of Abraham (#180 last year) listed in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.5533%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.497%, down 10.2%), with the form Abe becoming less fashionable. Abram (#377), Ibrahim (#455) and Abraham (#180) are three of the more fashionable boy names here, and there is a revival in birth name popularity for Abraham, Abram and Ibrahim. (2014 Birth Statistics)