(a mountaineer), Haran or Charran (Acts 7:2, 4) is the name of the place whither Abraham migrated with his family from Ur of the Chaldees, and where the descendants of his brother Nahor established themselves (comp. Genesis 24:10 with Genesis 27:43). It is said to be in Mesopotamia (Genesis 24:10), or more definitely in Padan-aram (Genesis 25:20), the cultivated district at the foot of the hills, a name well applying to the beautiful stretch of country which lies below Mount Masius between the Khabour and the Euphrates. Here, about midway in this district, is a small village still called Harran. It was celebrated among the Romans, under the name of Charrae, as the scene of the defeat of Crassus.
Smith's Bible Names Dictionary (1866)