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Quick Facts on Abraham

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 183
Simple meaning:
Father of a multitude (of nations)

Characteristics of Abraham

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Abraham

Abraham is a Biblical name borne by the first of the Jewish patriarchs with whom God made a covenant in Genesis 15 promising a multitude of descendents (as many as the stars) and “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates” – the land of Canaan (present day Israel) “for an everlasting possession.” In Genesis 17:5 God says “No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” This explains the meaning of Abraham’s name. The Hebrew ʼaḇ-rabin translates to ‘father of a multitude.’ As the Old Testament progresses, Abraham becomes the father of Isaac and the grandfather to Jacob and Esau. Jacob goes onto have 12 sons who became the Tribes of Israel. By virtue of the abundant procreation we witness in the Bible, it’s fair to say that God held up His promise that Abraham would become ‘the father of a multitude of nations.’ For obvious reasons, the name Abraham has been a popular choice among Jewish people, but it was also adopted by the Puritans during the Reformation in the 16th century.

Popularity of the Name Abraham

The name Abraham has never been ϋber-popular in the United States, but it has maintained constant and moderate usage over the past century. Oddly enough, the name has never reached the Top 100 list. The height of its popularity came in the early 1900s when Abraham reached its peak position at #124 (1911). Perhaps considered too distinctly Jewish for some Christian tastes, the name has now crossed over more into the mainstream. Christian fundamentalists (Puritans, Quakers) always took a liking to this name and helped spread it outside of the Jewish faith. Adding to its appeal is America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln (a great namesake for any little Abraham out there). Lastly, there is a current naming trend in the United States going ga-ga over some of the more exotic Old Testament names (Noah, Elijah, Caleb, Isaac, Isaiah, and Levi for example). Abraham has not achieved the same level of success as these other names, but he is nonetheless climbing the charts if ever so slowly. After all, he is the ‘father’ of all names. Not surprisingly, Abraham has already made the Top 100 list of favorite boy names in New York, a state which also happens to have the highest Jewish population outside of Israel.
Popularity of the Boy Name Abraham
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Abraham

  • Popular Songs on Abraham

    Popular Songs on Abraham

    Abraham - a song by Eddie From Ohio

    Abraham's Memory - a song by Celine Dion

    Abraham's Theme - a song by Vangelis from the movie Chariots of Fire

    Abraham, Martin and John - a song by Emmylou Harris

    Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Smokey Robinson

    Abraham, Martin, and John - a song by Harry Belafonte

    Bosom of Abraham - a song by Elvis Presley

    Children of Abraham - a song by Arlo Guthrie

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Abraham

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Abraham

    Abe Lincoln's Hat (Martha Brenner) - A far cry from the reverent tone of most children's books on Lincoln, this short, anecdotal biography actually humanizes him. Lincoln is shown as a struggling and somewhat disorganized lawyer who makes his way through goodwill and good sense. The book begins with his purchase of a tall black hat. Later, a group of boys rig up a high wire and knock it off his head, scattering the important papers he kept inside. Courtroom stories include Lincoln proving which man owned a young horse by letting the colt loose to go to its mother and his defense of a slave's right to be granted freedom in Illinois, a free state. The humor, lively lines, and soft, shaded colors of Cook's illustrations add to the book's appeal. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books (Kay Winters) - Using simple language, bare-bones details, and uncluttered illustrations, Winters introduces America's sixteenth president. She recounts events from Lincoln's childhood in Kentucky and Indiana and his young adulthood in New Salem, Illinois. The engaging narrative emphasizes Lincoln's love of books and reading, which flourished despite his lack of formal education. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Abraham Lincoln: Great Speeches (Abraham Lincoln) - Representative collection of 16 masterly orations, correspondence, including "House Divided" speech at the Republican State Convention (1858), the First Inaugural Address (1861), the Gettysburg Address (1863), the Letter to Mrs. Bixby (1864), expressing regret over the wartime deaths of her 5 sons, and the Second Inaugural Address (1865). Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Old Testament Days: An Activity Guide (Nancy I. Sanders) - More than 80 projects drawn from archaeological evidence and Bible descriptions make Old Testament days come alive in this activity guide for children ages 5 to 12. Children can enjoy a desert picnic of dried figs, goat’s milk cheese, and lentil stew, or make a loose tunic like the one young Isaac wore on his family’s trek to the Promised Land nearly 4,000 years ago. They can make a painted throwing stick or a wooden paddle doll like the ones Moses might have played with in the Pharoah’s palace, and build toy instruments like those the Israelites used to celebrate their return to Jerusalem in approximately 538 B.C. Games, recipes, crafts, and just enough historical background provide plenty of educational fun for home or school. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Who Was Abraham Lincoln? (Janet Pascal) - Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age—literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater—the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps are included. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Abraham

    Famous People Named Abraham

    Famous People Named Abraham - Abraham Lincoln (U.S. President); Abraham Beame (first Jewish mayor of New York City); Abraham "Bram" Stoker (novelist, best known for Dracula)

  • Children of Famous People Named Abraham

    Children of Famous People Named Abraham

    Famous People who Named their Son Abraham - Martin Van Buren (U.S. President); Matt Groening (cartoonist and co-creator of The Simpsons); Ziggy Marley (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Abraham - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809 – 15 Apr 1865) - This American icon truly transcended the Presidency. Known as "The Great Emancipator" Lincoln basically preserved and restored our Union and finally put an end to this nation's greatest shame: slavery. Magnetic and powerful, Lincoln was either loved or hated - yet "Honest Abe" stood fast to his ideals and rose to the occasion. He was ambitious, decisive, humorous, and even vain. A man obsessed with military strategy and in love with the game of politics, he was a brilliant public speaker. Even after the South was defeated in the Civil War, Lincoln showed no malice or signs of vindictiveness. His second term would have focused on a nation that needed to heal itself, but his life was cut short on April 14, 1865 when Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth assassinated the greatest President who ever lived. Apropos, Abraham is a Hebrew name meaning "Father of a multitude (of nations)". Lincoln, which is also a widely used male name in America in homage to this great man, is a surname of Celtic origin meaning "lake settlement". A woman of history in her own right, the very vivacious and impulsive Mary Todd Lincoln was Abe's First Lady.

Personality of the Boy Name Abraham

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Abraham

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