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Origin: Liberia
Region Origin: Western Africa

Graham is a masculine given name, usually used in English-speaking countries. It has its origins in the Anglo-French variation of the name of the town of Grantham in Lincolnshire, England. The name is derived from the Old English elements "grand," possibly meaning "gravel," and "ham," meaning "hamlet," which refers to small settlements larger than villages but smaller than towns. The name Graham has been used as both a surname and a given name. In the 12th century, the surname was taken from England to Scotland by Sir William de Graham, who founded Clan Graham. The surname later spread to Northern Ireland through settlers from Scotland and England in the 17th century. Due to its origin as a surname, it has also been used as a given name, such as in the case of Graham Cockburn, a daughter of Henry Cockburn, Lord Cockburn. The name has been consistently popular for over a century and is considered a traditional choice.

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