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What does Adam mean?

Adam Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: earth, biblical, red, irish (gaelic), abbot (monk).


Adam has 24 variants: Ad, Adamo, Adams, Adan, Adao, Addam, Addams, Addem, Addie, Addis, Addison, Addy, Ade, Adem, Adham, Adhamh, Adim, Adnet, Adnon, Adnot, Adom, Atim, Atkins and Edom.

Affiliated boy names: Admon, Damek and Eunan.

2 feminine forms: Adamina and Adana.

Creative forms:
(male) Adad, Adas, ..

(female) Adai, Adma, ..

Middle name pairings:
Adam Jaxen (A.J.), ..

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)

Adam reached its peak rank of #22 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #73. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adam name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Adam outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Adam (#73 in recent rankings) are Adan (#395 in recent rankings), Addison (#1203), 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%, 69.3% less). Adam is more familiar than the rest, though Adan has become trendy as well, while versions like Addison are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Adam, Ad, Adams, Adan, Addie, Addison in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Adam outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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