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Meaning and Origin of: Abraham

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Father of a multitude

Last name origin & meaning:

  • From the Hebrew personal name Avraham, borne by a Biblical patriarch revered by Jews as the founding father of the Jewish people (Genesis 11–25), and by Muslims as founder of all the Semitic peoples, both Hebrew and Arab (compare <xref>Ibrahim</xref>). The name is explained in Genesis 17 : 5 as being derived from Hebrew av hamon goyim ‘father of a multitude of nations’. It was widely used as a personal name among Christians as well as Jews in the Middle Ages in diverse cultures from northern Europe to southern India. It is also found as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a family name among families from Kerala.
  • Irish : English name adopted as an equivalent of Gaelic Mac an Bhreitheamhan ‘son of the judge’. See McBroom.
  • A bearer of the surname Abraham, from Poitiers, is recorded in Quebec city in 1671.

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