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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.

Abrahams Early Origins



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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Abrahams Spelling Variations


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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.

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Abrahams Early History


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Abrahams Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abrahams research. Another 215 words (15 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.

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Abrahams Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abrahams Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Abrahams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abrahams In Ireland


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Abrahams In Ireland



Some of the Abrahams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Cornelis Abrahams, who arrived in New York in 1660
  • Annetien Abrahams, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • Henry Abrahams, who landed in Maryland in 1661
  • Elizabeth Abrahams, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • ... (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

Abrahams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jacob Abrahams, aged 31, landed in New York in 1812
  • Elias Abrahams, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1821
  • John Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • T Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • S Abrahams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Abrahams Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Israel Abrahams, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749

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, Austraila
  • William Abrahams, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Melita Abrahams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851
  • Rose Abrahams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851
  • Adelaide Abrahams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Satellite" in 1851

Abrahams Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abrahams (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abrahams (post 1700)



  • 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

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Abrahams Historic Events


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Abrahams Historic Events




HMS Repulse

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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
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The Abrahams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abrahams Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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