Show ContentsAbram History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Abram is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.

Early Origins of the Abram family

The surname Abram 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]

Early History of the Abram family

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Abram Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Abram has appeared Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.

Early Notables of the Abram family (pre 1700)

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Abram Ranking

In the United States, the name Abram is the 5,683rd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Abram family to Ireland

Some of the Abram family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Abram migration to the United States +

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Abram name:

Abram Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John and Thomas Abram who were among the first settlers in North America, settling in Virginia in 1635 and 1653 respectively
  • Jon Abram, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • John Abram, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • John Abram, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • Morgan Abram, who arrived in Maryland in 1665 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Abram Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herman Abram, who landed in Texas in 1850 [3]
  • Mary Abram, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1862 [3]
  • Isaac Abram, who arrived in Mississippi in 1875 [3]
  • Solomon Abram, who arrived in Mississippi in 1878 [3]

Canada Abram migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Abram Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Josias Abram, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

Australia Abram migration to Australia +

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

Abram Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Abram, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dudbrook" on 17th November 1852, arriving in Western Australia [4]

New Zealand Abram 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:

Abram Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Abram, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abram (post 1700) +

  • Fletcher Abram Jr. (1950-1972), American handball player at 1972 Summer Olympics
  • Lester C. Abram Jr (b. 1983), American basketball player
  • Jacques Abram (1915-1998), American classical pianist
  • David Abram (b. 1957), American philosopher, cultural ecologist, and performance artist
  • Norman "Norm" L. Abram (b. 1950), American carpenter known for his work on the PBS television programs This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop
  • Darren Abram (b. 1967), English rugby league footballer
  • John Abram (b. 1959), English-born, Canadian composer
  • Felicity "Fliss" Abram (b. 1986), Australian professional triathlete
  • George Abram Dusenbury (b. 1845), American banker and express agent in Michigan
  • Brigadier-General Milton Abram Hill (1892-1976), American Military-Attaché to Chile (1944-1946) [6]

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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd July 2021). Retrieved from
  5. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  6. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 12) Milton Hill. Retrieved from on Facebook