Abraham

First Name
87k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Abraham

"Abraham" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Father of Nations". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. The first of the Old Testament patriarchs and the father of Isaac; according to Genesis, God promised to give Abraham's family (the Hebrews) the land of Canaan (the Promised Land); God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his son ("Judaism, Christianity, and Islam each has a special claim on Abraham")
Wiktionary

From Late Latin Ābraham, from Ancient Greek Ἀβραάμ (Abraám), from Hebrew אַבְרָהָם (avrahám, “Abraham”). Glossed as אַב (av, “father of”) + הֲמוֹן (hamón, “multitude of”) in Genesis 17:4–5; or from Hebrew אַבְרָם (avrám, “Abram”).

  1. (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha'i) A prophet in the Old Testament, Qur'an and Aqdas; a Semitic patriarch who preached monotheism, father of the Jewish patriarch Isaac and the Arab patriarch Ishmael. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  2. A male given name. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  3. A patronymic surname​. [First attested prior to 1150.]
  4. The 14th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  5. (archaic, British slang, chiefly London) A shop selling cheap and low-quality clothes, especially in the East End of London.

Abraham was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Ewe, French, German, Gothic, Latin, Polish, Scots, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Abraham

Abraham Lincoln was a President of the United States, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, and Illinois House of Representatives. His military service ended in 3. Abraham was born on February 12th, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 15th, 1865.

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Abraham is a religious. Abraham was given the name Abram in Mesopotamia.

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Abraham Maslow was a scientist in the field of psychology. Abraham was given the name Abraham Harold Maslow on April 1st, 1908 in Brooklyn. He left this life on June 8th, 1970.

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Abraham Van Helsing is a fictional character. Abraham is also known as Van Helsing, Dr. Van Helsing, and Professor Van Helsing.

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Bram Stoker was a gothic fiction and romance novel novelist. Bram was given the name Abraham Stoker on November 8th, 1847 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. He left this life on April 20th, 1912.

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Abe Vigoda was an actor. His career lasted from 1949 to 2014. Abe was given the name Abraham Charles Vigoda on February 24th, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, US. He left this life on January 26th, 2016.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Abraham

Abraham is a religious. Abraham was given the name Abram in Mesopotamia.

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John Abraham is an actor, film producer, model (people), and model. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. John was given the name Farhan Abraham on December 17th, 1972 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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Farrah Abraham is a television personality and author. She was most active from 2009 to present. Farrah was given the name Farrah Lynn Abraham on May 31st, 1991 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.

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He has been prominent since 1971. F. was given the name Murray Abraham on October 24th, 1939 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Daniel Abraham is a fantasy, science fiction, comedy, and horror fiction writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present.

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Arthur Abraham is a boxer. Arthur was born on February 20th, 1980 in Yerevan.

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How popular is the baby name Abraham in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 81 0 81
1881 86 0 86
1882 91 0 91
1883 52 0 52
1884 67 0 67
1885 86 0 86
1886 77 0 77
1887 75 0 75
1888 78 0 78
1889 83 0 83
1890 70 0 70
1891 62 0 62
1892 99 0 99
1893 103 0 103
1894 73 0 73
1895 94 0 94
1896 109 0 109
1897 62 0 62
1898 92 0 92
1899 85 0 85
1900 100 0 100
1901 62 0 62
1902 82 0 82
1903 95 0 95
1904 111 0 111
1905 112 0 112
1906 122 0 122
1907 148 0 148
1908 150 0 150
1909 163 0 163
1910 191 0 191
1911 292 0 292
1912 533 0 533
1913 551 0 551
1914 700 0 700
1915 790 0 790
1916 753 0 753
1917 731 0 731
1918 757 0 757
1919 742 0 742
1920 656 0 656
1921 683 0 683
1922 599 0 599
1923 556 0 556
1924 554 0 554
1925 490 0 490
1926 426 0 426
1927 407 0 407
1928 401 0 401
1929 342 0 342
1930 344 0 344
1931 293 0 293
1932 276 0 276
1933 246 0 246
1934 241 0 241
1935 260 0 260
1936 214 0 214
1937 217 0 217
1938 212 0 212
1939 197 0 197
1940 219 0 219
1941 193 0 193
1942 234 0 234
1943 199 0 199
1944 194 0 194
1945 206 0 206
1946 210 0 210
1947 240 0 240
1948 252 0 252
1949 287 0 287
1950 300 0 300
1951 284 0 284
1952 253 0 253
1953 316 0 316
1954 303 0 303
1955 285 0 285
1956 308 0 308
1957 273 0 273
1958 282 0 282
1959 311 0 311
1960 294 0 294
1961 277 0 277
1962 278 0 278
1963 275 0 275
1964 273 0 273
1965 276 0 276
1966 253 0 253
1967 227 0 227
1968 257 0 257
1969 302 0 302
1970 353 0 353
1971 369 5 364
1972 389 0 389
1973 403 0 403
1974 462 6 456
1975 506 5 501
1976 569 0 569
1977 678 0 678
1978 699 10 689
1979 743 8 735
1980 779 0 779
1981 813 0 813
1982 847 10 837
1983 779 9 770
1984 861 10 851
1985 856 8 848
1986 917 8 909
1987 916 10 906
1988 972 0 972
1989 1,004 7 997
1990 1,137 5 1,132
1991 1,166 5 1,161
1992 1,142 0 1,142
1993 1,176 7 1,169
1994 1,230 9 1,221
1995 1,287 0 1,287
1996 1,334 0 1,334
1997 1,428 0 1,428
1998 1,545 5 1,540
1999 1,594 8 1,586
2000 1,688 8 1,680
2001 1,823 5 1,818
2002 1,795 0 1,795
2003 1,900 6 1,894
2004 1,992 7 1,985
2005 2,050 5 2,045
2006 2,203 0 2,203
2007 2,141 0 2,141
2008 2,152 5 2,147
2009 2,110 5 2,105
2010 1,923 0 1,923
2011 1,934 0 1,934
2012 1,955 5 1,950
2013 2,218 6 2,212
2014 2,381 10 2,371
2015 2,444 6 2,438
2016 2,559 0 2,559

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Popularity of Abraham as a first name

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Popularity of Abraham as a last name

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Common last names for Abraham

  • Cohen
  • Levine
  • Schwartz
  • Goldstein
  • Goldberg
  • Miller
  • Kaplan
  • Friedman
  • Katz
  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Greenberg
  • Shapiro
  • Rosenberg
  • Levy
  • Williams
  • Bernstein
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Abraham U.S.
  White 45.00% 64.26%
  African American 20.48% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 25.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Abraham

People with the last name Abraham are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Abraham

  • How Popular is the name Abraham? Abraham is the 704th most popular name of all time. As a last name Abraham was the 1,120th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Abraham have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 86,507 babies born with the first name Abraham in the United States. That's more than enough people named Abraham to occupy the country of Antigua and Barbuda with an estimated population of 86,295 (as of May 27, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Abraham? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 81 new born babies.
  • When was Abraham first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Abraham is Saturday, December 12th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Abraham born? The highest recorded use of the first name Abraham was in 2016 with a total of 2,559 babies. That's a lot of babies named Abraham!
  • Random Abraham Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Abraham ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, 297 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Abraham: Your name in reverse order is Maharba. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Brahmaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Abraham? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,303 people with the last name Abraham.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Abraham? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Abraham as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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