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Name Origins: ADONIRAM

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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ADONIRAM (m): In Hebrew, the approximate meaning is “My Lord is exalted.” Adoniram, son of Abda, appears in a personnel list of Solomon’s officials in 1 Kings 4:6, and is an overseer of tribute, or conscript, crews for building the Temple and other projects. An early bearer of the name in New England was Adoniram Treadwell, b. Woodbury, Conn. 14 January 1700. The name became very popular early in the nineteenth century in tribute to Rev. Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), a native of Malden, Mass. (If your ancestor is Adoniram J., the “J.” is very likely “Judson”). This name was often abbreviated as NIRAM, as in the case of Niram Blackman (1762-1812) of Brookfield, Connecticut.

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