Abraham Family History

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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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Abraham Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Abraham. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Middle East


  • Germanic Europe


  • Southern Asia


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Abraham Family Origin

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Abraham Family Occupations

What did your Abraham ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Abraham. A less common occupation for the Abraham family was Tailor. The most common Abraham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Abraham's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Tailor


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Abraham ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Abraham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 139,000 census records available for the last name Abraham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Abraham census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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 Card

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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Abraham Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Abraham ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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