Abi'jam (Heb. Abiyam', אֲבַיָּם, father of the sea, i. q. seaman; Sept. Α᾿βία v. r. Α᾿βιού, Vulg. Abiamn), the name always given in the book of Kings (1Ki 14:31; 1Ki 15:1,7-8) to the king of Judah (1Ki 14:1, refers to another person), elsewhere (1Ch 3:10; 2Ch 13) called ABIJAH SEE ABIJAH (q.v.). Lightfoot (Harm. O.T. in loc.) thinks that the writer in Chronicles, not describing his reign as wicked, admits the sacred JAH into his name; but which the book of Kings, charging him with following the evil ways of his father, changes into JAM. This may be fanciful; but such changes of name were not unusual (comp. SEE BETHAVEN; SEE SYCHAR ).