Biblical name, borne by a king of Tyre who is repeatedly mentioned in the Bible (2 Samuel 2:11; 1 Kings 5; 9:11; 10:11; 1 Chronicles 14:1; 2 Chronicles 2:11) as supplying wood, craftsmen, and money to enable David and Solomon to construct various buildings. It was also the name of a craftsman of Tyre who worked in brass for Solomon (1 Kings 7:13). The name is presumably of Semitic origin, but is probably a Phoenician name; if it is Hebrew, it may be a shortened form of Ahiram ‘brother of the exalted’. In England, the name was taken up by the Puritans in the 17th century, but soon dropped out of regular use. It is still used occasionally in the United States.