🔼The name Abiram in the Bible
There are two men named Abiram in the Bible and both are rather unfortunate. The first Abiram is a son of Eliab (Numbers 16:1). Together with his brother Dathan, and Korah the son of Izhar, On the son of Peleth and 250 leaders, he rises up against Moses and Aaron to complain about the organizational structure of Israel. When Moses gives them a chance to repent, Abiram and Dathan refuse to show up (16:12). Because of their insurrection, the earth opens and Abiram and Dathan plus their families, and Korah are swallowed up alive by Sheol.
The second Abiram is a son of Hiel of Bethel, living during the time of king Ahab (1 Kings 16:34). This Hiel decides to rebuild Jericho, even though this is forbidden (Joshua 6:26). He loses his first son Abiram as he lays the foundation of the town, and his youngest son Segub, when the gates go up.
🔼Etymology of the name Abiram
The name Abiram consists of two elements. The first element is the familiar Hebrew word אב (ab), meaning father:
The post-fixed letter י (yod) creates a possessive. The compound אבי (abi) means either my father, or father of, depending on the context.
The second element of the name Abiram comes from the root-verb רום (rum), meaning to be high, lofty or arrogant:
For a meaning of the name Abiram, NOBSE Study Bible Name List reads The Father Is Exalted. Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names offers Father Of Loftiness, and BDB Theological Dictionary concludes (The) Exalted One Is (My) Father.