Adam

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Adam mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Adam

"Adam" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Man, Of the Earth". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ad"am
Senses
  1. The name given in the Bible to the first man, the progenitor of the human race.
  2. [As a symbol] “Original sin;” human frailty."And whipped the offending Adam out of him." [Shak.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Street names for methylenedioxymethamphetamine
  2. (Old Testament) in Judeo-Christian mythology; the first man and the husband of Eve and the progenitor of the human race
  3. Scottish architect who designed many public buildings in England and Scotland (1728-1792)
Wiktionary

Latin Adam, Adamus, from Ancient Greek Ἀδάμ (Adám), Ἄδαμος (Ádamos), from Biblical Hebrew אָדָם (adam, “earth, man, soil, light brown”), from אדמה (adamah, “red earth, ground”).

  1. (Abrahamic religions) The first man and the progenitor of the human race.
  2. A male given name.
  3. (figuratively) Original sin or human frailty.
  4. (with second or last) Jesus Christ, whose sacrifice, in Christian theology, makes possible the forgiveness of Adam's original sin.
  5. Designating a neoclassical style of furniture and architecture in the style of Robert and James Adam.
  6. A patronymic surname​.

Adam was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Danish, Ewe, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tok Pisin, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Adam

Adam was given the name Adam Richard Sandler on September 9th, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Adam Levine is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He was most prominent from 1994 to present. Adam was given the name Adam Noah Levine on March 18th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Adam Warlock is a comics character.

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Adam Driver is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2009. Adam was given the name Adam Douglas Driver on November 19th, 1983 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Calvin Harris is a dj, record producer, singer, songwriter, and remixer. Calvin was given the name Adam Richard Wiles on January 17th, 1984 in Dumfries, Scotland, UK.

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Adam Smith was a philosopher. Adam was born in 1723 in Kirkcaldy. He left this life on July 17th, 1790.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Adam

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Charlie Adam is a soccer player for the Stoke City F.C., Dundee F.C., Rangers F.C., Ross County F.C., St Mirren F.C., Blackpool F.C., Liverpool F.C., Scotland national under-21 football team, Scotland national football B team, and Scotland national football team. Charlie was born on December 10th, 1985 in Fintry, Dundee.

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Robert Adam was an architect. Robert was born on July 3rd, 1728 in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. He died on March 3rd, 1792.

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He was most active from 1940 to 2004. Ken was given the name Klaus Hugo Adam on February 5th, 1921 in Berlin.

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Omer Adam is a pop, eastern music, mizrahi, pop music, and mizrahi jews singing. He plays Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Omer was born on October 22nd, 1993 in United States.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1914 to 1978. Ronald was given the name Ronald George Hinings Adams on December 31st, 1896 in Herefordshire, England. He died on March 28th, 1979.

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How popular is the baby name Adam in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 104 0 104
1881 116 0 116
1882 114 0 114
1883 107 0 107
1884 83 0 83
1885 96 0 96
1886 103 0 103
1887 84 0 84
1888 120 0 120
1889 93 0 93
1890 74 0 74
1891 87 0 87
1892 106 0 106
1893 87 0 87
1894 86 0 86
1895 78 0 78
1896 96 0 96
1897 88 0 88
1898 87 0 87
1899 74 0 74
1900 111 0 111
1901 71 0 71
1902 99 0 99
1903 82 0 82
1904 103 0 103
1905 101 0 101
1906 105 0 105
1907 127 0 127
1908 109 0 109
1909 113 0 113
1910 154 0 154
1911 189 0 189
1912 307 0 307
1913 354 5 349
1914 489 0 489
1915 574 0 574
1916 609 0 609
1917 614 0 614
1918 653 0 653
1919 542 0 542
1920 579 0 579
1921 588 5 583
1922 469 0 469
1923 435 7 428
1924 464 0 464
1925 458 6 452
1926 425 0 425
1927 389 0 389
1928 359 0 359
1929 307 0 307
1930 274 0 274
1931 299 0 299
1932 258 0 258
1933 235 0 235
1934 237 0 237
1935 238 0 238
1936 216 0 216
1937 222 0 222
1938 214 0 214
1939 216 0 216
1940 227 0 227
1941 230 0 230
1942 240 0 240
1943 252 0 252
1944 221 0 221
1945 209 0 209
1946 247 0 247
1947 269 0 269
1948 242 0 242
1949 300 0 300
1950 307 0 307
1951 299 0 299
1952 293 0 293
1953 325 0 325
1954 282 0 282
1955 353 0 353
1956 393 0 393
1957 434 6 428
1958 469 0 469
1959 584 0 584
1960 1,019 0 1,019
1961 1,579 0 1,579
1962 2,152 0 2,152
1963 2,350 7 2,343
1964 2,864 12 2,852
1965 2,575 8 2,567
1966 2,513 12 2,501
1967 2,533 7 2,526
1968 2,553 10 2,543
1969 2,885 17 2,868
1970 4,341 21 4,320 #71 boy name
1971 5,880 26 5,854 #57 boy name
1972 5,772 25 5,747 #51 boy name
1973 6,879 39 6,840 #45 boy name
1974 8,477 50 8,427 #36 boy name
1975 8,695 44 8,651 #38 boy name
1976 9,990 45 9,945 #36 boy name
1977 11,100 61 11,039 #33 boy name
1978 13,994 68 13,926 #29 boy name
1979 17,160 97 17,063 #23 boy name
1980 18,969 96 18,873 #22 boy name
1981 20,116 77 20,039 #20 boy name
1982 20,218 116 20,102 #19 boy name
1983 23,625 132 23,493 #18 boy name
1984 24,076 142 23,934 #18 boy name
1985 20,284 117 20,167 #22 boy name
1986 18,247 90 18,157 #24 boy name
1987 17,020 102 16,918 #27 boy name
1988 16,542 84 16,458 #26 boy name
1989 16,989 60 16,929 #27 boy name
1990 14,742 35 14,707 #32 boy name
1991 12,322 21 12,301 #36 boy name
1992 11,938 37 11,901 #36 boy name
1993 11,551 21 11,530 #39 boy name
1994 11,055 37 11,018 #38 boy name
1995 10,496 13 10,483 #38 boy name
1996 9,579 24 9,555 #39 boy name
1997 8,817 15 8,802 #39 boy name
1998 8,370 13 8,357 #45 boy name
1999 8,244 21 8,223 #44 boy name
2000 8,149 16 8,133 #45 boy name
2001 7,765 13 7,752 #51 boy name
2002 7,757 8 7,749 #55 boy name
2003 7,704 21 7,683 #58 boy name
2004 7,508 37 7,471 #58 boy name
2005 6,854 14 6,840 #64 boy name
2006 6,808 12 6,796 #64 boy name
2007 6,793 7 6,786 #65 boy name
2008 6,105 13 6,092 #72 boy name
2009 5,677 7 5,670 #74 boy name
2010 5,111 9 5,102 #80 boy name
2011 5,215 11 5,204 #81 boy name
2012 5,316 0 5,316 #82 boy name
2013 5,246 5 5,241 #82 boy name
2014 5,332 7 5,325 #79 boy name
2015 5,392 6 5,386 #73 boy name
2016 5,204 6 5,198 #75 boy name
2017 4,910 6 4,904 #77 boy name

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Popularity of Adam as a first name

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Popularity of Adam as a last name

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Common last names for Adam

  • Smith
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Schmidt
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Young
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Walker
  • Schneider
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Adam U.S.
  White 72.58% 64.26%
  African American 17.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.42% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Adam

People with the last name Adam are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Adam

  • What name lists does Adam rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Adam? Adam is the 113th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Adam was the 77th most popular name. As a last name Adam was the 2,654th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Adam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 551,804 babies born with the first name Adam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Adam to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Adam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 104 new born babies.
  • When was Adam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Adam is Tuesday, January 16th, 1821.
  • What year had the most people named Adam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Adam was in 1984 with a total of 23,934 babies. That's a lot of babies named Adam!
  • Random Adam Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Adam ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 47 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Adam: Your name in reverse order is Mada. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dmaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Adam? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,574 people with the last name Adam.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Adam? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Adam as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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