What does Adam mean?
Adam /adam/ 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.
(male) Adad, Adas, ..
(female) Adai, Adma, ..
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 history of Adam for boys. Adam reached its peak rank of #22 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #79. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of the boy name Adam and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Adam (#79 in recent rankings) are Adan (#373 in recent rankings), Addison (#1331), Addie, Adams and Ad. These relations of Adam reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s (adoption of 1.1%) and have become much less widespread since (adoption 0.3%, 69.5% less). Adam is more familiar than the rest, though Adan has become trendy as well, while versions like Addison are now somewhat dated.
Adam▼ is pronounced similarly to Wadham. Other recommended names are Aad, Abad, Abda, Abdal, Abram▲, Acim, Adael, Adair, Adal, Adamec, Adamek, Adamik, Adamok (see Damek), Adar, Adare, Adel, Aden▲, Adi, Adil, Adin, Adiv, Adlai, Adlar, Adnah, Adnan, Ado, Adon, Adya, Aedan, Ahab, Ahim, Aias, Aidan▼, Ajax, Akim, Alan▼, Aldan, Alem, Am, Amad, Amal, Aman, Amram, Ara, Aram, Aran, Arda, Ardal, Arram, Asa, Asad, Asaf, Asim, Ava, Avram, Aydan, Azam, Azim, Bram, Cam, Cram, Elam, Gram, Ham, Isam, Kam, Kram, Liam▲, Lyam, Noam, Ram, Sam▼ and Tam. These names tend to be less commonly used than Adam.