From Biblical Hebrew, possibly from a Phoenician, or a shortened form of Hebrew [script needed] (Ahiram, “brother of the exalted”).
- A king of Tyre. (biblical character)
- 1611, Bible (KJV), Kings-Chapter-5/#1 1 Kings 5:1::
- And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.
- A male given name, taken into use by Puritans in the seventeenth century.
- 1994 Sharyn McCrumb, She Walks These Hills, Scribner's, ISBN 0684195569, page 8:
- Harm. It wasn't even a nickname. It was just the way folks had always pronounced his first name Hiram, in mountain dialect, a long "i" sound blending the two syllables into an aspirated breath.