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The saga of the Abrams family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Abrams name is derived from the name Abraham. The name means chief (or father) of a multitude and exalted father.

Abrams Early Origins



The surname Abrams 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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Abrams Spelling Variations


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Abrams Spelling Variations



Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Abrams has appeared Abraham, Abram, Abrams, Abrahams and others.

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Abrams Early History


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Abrams Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abrams research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1672, 1689, 1672 and are included under the topic Early Abrams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Abrams Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Abrams Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Abrams In Ireland


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Abrams In Ireland



Some of the Abrams 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



Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North Ameri ca. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Abrams:

Abrams Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jim Abrams, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
  • John Abrams, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Abrams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Abrams settled in Maryland in 1733
  • Jacob Abrams, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786
  • Robert Abrams, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Abrams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Morris Abrams, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • A Abrams, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S Abrams, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • John Charles Abrams, who landed in Mississippi in 1852

Abrams Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Myer Abrams, who landed in Mississippi in 1903

Abrams Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Abrams arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brankenmore" in 1846
  • Caroline Abrams, aged 32, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

Abrams Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Abrams, aged 19, a farmer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Jonas Abrams, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Abrams (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Abrams (post 1700)



  • Colonel Abrams (1949-2016), American musician, singer, songwriter, dancer and actor
  • Muhal Richard Abrams (b. 1930), American educator, administrator, composer and musician
  • Dan Abrams (b. 1966), American television host, legal commentator, current co-anchor of Nightline
  • Talbert "Ted" Abrams (1895-1990), American aerial photographer and aviator, founder of The Abrams Air Craft Corporation in Lansing, Michigan in 1937
  • Adrian Glenn "A.J." Abrams Jr. (b. 1986), American professional basketball player
  • Lester Abrams (b. 1945), American singer, songwriter, musician and producer
  • Meyer "Mike" Howard Abrams (b. 1912), American literary critic
  • General Creighton Williams Abrams Jr. (1914-1974), American Commander of forces in Vietnam and two-time winner of the Army Distinguished Service Cross
  • Aaron Abrams (b. 1978), Canadian Comedy Award winning actor
  • James Abrams (b. 1978), American comedy writer and artist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Abrams Historic Events


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Abrams Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Mark Edward Abrams (b. 1966), American Private 1st Class from Rhodell, West Virginia, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert G Abrams (b. 1917), English Cook serving for the Royal Navy from Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Thomas Abrams (1878-1912), aged 33, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Abrams


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Suggested Readings for the name Abrams



  • The Abrams Family Genealogy, 1745-1979 by George Carter Abrams.
  • The Ancestors of Our Children (and Cousins, Too) by Maynard Abrams.

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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. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  11. ...

The Abrams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Abrams 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.

This page was last modified on 29 November 2016 at 12:25.

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