What does Adam mean?
Adam /adam/ [2 sylls.] 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. Congressman Adam Clayton Powell, Jr; actor Adam Sandler.
How popular is Adam?
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 (#2704 out of 150436, Top 2%). (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. in the 1980s, 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), Addison and Addie. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in 2004 (usage of 0.5285%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.387%, 26.8% less), 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)