The surname rather late entered the everyday life of man,in comparison with the name and patronymic. Before the introduction of Peter I as the designation of kinship, nicknames and derivative words from the occupation and position were used.
Reflecting national identity often found a way out in the nicknames.
Trying to quickly identify a nationality one by oneonly a surname, you can get into a mess. After all, it may turn out that the native Russian nicknames like Ivanovs and Semyonovs refer to other nations. Each case must be disassembled individually.
For example, surname Abramov. The origin of this generic name, it would seem, has Jewish roots, along with the Moiseyevs, Samsonovs, Davydovs, Samoylovs. Such biblical names and their derivatives formed a number of surnames, however, according to the conclusions of specialists, basically such nominal forms belong to Russian nationality.
To figure out where the roots of one or another kind come from are not so simple as it seems at first glance.
Of course, there are Jewish names,formed from the Russians. Such generic nicknames on the expanses of the former Russian Empire are quite numerous. And the Abramovs, Yakovlevs, Davydovs can have both Jewish and Russian roots. But still most of them are not Jews, since the end of the "-s" is not typical for this nationality and is used extremely rarely.
The origin of the name Abramov originates fromthe times of the ancient Slavic tradition to give babies the baptismal names for the saints. Such a proper name became a derivative and became a part of everyday life. This is a fairly common phenomenon for generic nicknames of Slavic nationalities. Thus, we can safely say that the origin of Abramov's name in Russia is closely connected with the arrival of the Christian religion in our lands.
A thousand years ago, most of the righteous,brought in the saints, wore the names of the Greek, Roman and Jewish peoples. Since at that time it was customary to baptize children in honor of the saints, in society there appeared exotic for that time nominal forms that people used in their own way. Therefore, in a short time, the Abrahams became Abrams, Davids - Davids, Joans - Ivan. Accordingly, new names, appeared nicknames, diminutive-caressing forms. Thus, the origin of the surname Abramov, Abrashin, Abrashkin and others leads to a single source - the biblical Abraham.
This character of Holy Scripture is considered the ancestor of the Arabs, Jews and Aramaeans. His image was synonymous with righteousness and morality.
It so happened that the stories of different peoples sometimes intertwine. It is not always possible to establish certain facts in some global events, not to mention individual families.
There is a version that the origin of the name Abramovcan be associated with the ancient type of Slavic surnames, which were formed from the residence of the founder of the clan. This tradition is widespread not only in our country, but also on the lands of Western Europe. For example, in Poland, notable surnames were formed from the geographical name of the possessions.
It is likely that some Abramovs came from villages and villages of a consonant name, for example, Abramovo. It is known that many similar settlements exist on the territory of the former Russian Empire.
Censuses of the population of different years asserted that this surname was rather widespread among different classes: noblemen, philistines, Cossacks, merchants.
Each family has its origin.
It is known that many modern Abramovs are descendants of peasants, because this generic name was extremely common in the villages.
Most of these people are not relatives, they are namesakes.
The origin of the name Abramov among clergymen was very common, as they were often appropriated to seminarians, because Abraham was a very revered saint.
Among the nobility of the nobility were representatives with such a generic name.
The process of forming surnames is long, therefore it is impossible to establish where it first appeared.
Listen to the sound of your generic name. It is it that identifies a person with his ancestors. To feel the commonality of generations, it is enough to listen to the magic of sounding this sound combination, which determines the place of everyone in the genealogical tree of mankind.</ p>