Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) : from a reduced form of Abraham.
  • North German : topographic name from Middle Low German brām ‘broom’, ‘gorse’, or a habitational name from a place named with Low German brām ‘swampy thicket’, for example Am Brahm, near Oldenburg (denoting a location by a canal).
  • German : topographic name for someone who lived by a bramble thicket, from Middle High German brāme ‘blackberry’, ‘bramble’.