Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- A bearer of the surname Abraham, from Poitiers, is recorded in
Quebec city in 1671.
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