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Abraham Family History

Abraham Name 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 Ibrahim). 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Abrahams, Ibrahim, Braham, Brahm, Branham, Worsham, Abraha, Markham

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Where is the Abraham family from?

You can see how Abraham families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Abraham family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Abraham families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Abraham families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 26% of all the recorded Abraham's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Abraham families in 1840.
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What did your Abraham ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Abraham. 15% of Abraham men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Abraham women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Abraham were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 42,000 immigration records available for the last name Abraham. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 23,000 military records available for the last name Abraham. For the veterans among your Abraham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Abraham lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Abraham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Abraham in 1945 was 29, and 72 in 2004.

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