What does Adam mean?
Adam \a-dam\ as a boys' name is pronounced AD-um. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Adam is "earth". From "adama". In Hebrew, it is a generic term for "man". Biblical: in the Genesis account, he was the first man created from the red earth of Eden. The name was borne by a seventh-century Irish abbot of Fermo in Italy. Steadily used from the middle ages until the 1700s, and again beginning in the 1970s. An appropriate name for the first boy in a family that has produced many girls. Adan (a-DAHM) is the Spanish form. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr; actor Adam Sandler.
Adam is a very prominent first name for men (#69 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2706 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Adam for boys. Adam reached its peak rank of #22 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #79. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Adam and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Adam (#79 in 2014) are Adan (#373 in 2014), Adin, Addie and Addison. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in the year 2004 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Addison and Addie becoming less fashionable. Adam (#79) and Adan (#373) are two of the more trendy boy names here, with Adam having a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)