Abrahams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The chronicle of the name Abrahams begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.

Early Origins of the Abrahams family

The surname Abrahams was first found in Balfeth, in Scotland, in 1163, where Adam Abraham, Bishop of Dunblain, held extensive lands. Further south in Lancashire, the township of Abram was home to another branch of the family. "This township was originally called Adburgham, and afterwards Abraham, and gave name to an ancient family of landowners, of whom Gilbert de Abram and John Abraham are mentioned in the reigns of Henry IV. and Henry V. There are some ancient seats, among which is Abram Hall, a moated brick mansion existing since the time of Henry VI." [1]

Important Dates for the Abrahams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abrahams research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1689, 1672 and are included under the topic Early Abrahams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abrahams Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Abrahams has been written Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.

Early Notables of the Abrahams family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Abrahams family to Ireland

Some of the Abrahams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Abrahams migration to the United States

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Abrahams:

Abrahams Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Annetje Abrahams, who arrived in New York in 1660 [2]
  • Cornelis Abrahams, who arrived in New York in 1660 [2]
  • Annetien Abrahams, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660 [2]
  • Henry Abrahams, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [2]
  • Elizabeth Abrahams, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Abrahams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Solomon Abrahams, who landed in Jamaica in 1745 [2]
Abrahams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Abrahams, aged 31, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Elias Abrahams, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821 [2]
  • John Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • T Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • S Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Abrahams migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Abrahams Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Israel Abrahams, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

Abrahams migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Abrahams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Abrahams, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • William Abrahams, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Melita Abrahams, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851 [4]
  • Rose Abrahams, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851 [4]
  • Adelaide Abrahams, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851 [4]

Abrahams migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Abrahams Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Abrahams, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Solomon Abrahams, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866

Contemporary Notables of the name Abrahams (post 1700)

  • Mr. Mark Donald Abrahams O.B.E., M.B.E.,, Wing Commander for the Royal Air Force, previously the Chair for RAF LGBT Freedom Network, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 [5]
  • Joseph Abrahams (1855-1938), Australian senior rabbi
  • Peter Henry Abrahams, South African novelist
  • Chris Abrahams (b. 1961), New Zealand/Australian pianist, best known for his jazz work
  • Sir Sidney Solomon Abrahams (1885-1957), British Olympic athlete and Chief Justice of Ceylon
  • Harold Maurice Abrahams (1899-1978), British Olympic champion
  • Jim Abrahams (b. 1944), American movie director and writer

Historic Events for the Abrahams family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Horace Abrahams, "Tubby" English Lieutenant from London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SATELLITE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Satellite.gif
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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