This is the Hebrew word for "man". It could be ultimately derived from Hebrew אדם ('adam)
meaning "to be red", referring to the ruddy colour of human skin, or from Akkadian adamu
meaning "to make". According to Genesis in the Old Testament
Adam was created from the earth by God (there is a word play on Hebrew אֲדָמָה ('adamah)
"earth"). He and Eve
were supposedly the first humans, living happily in the Garden of Eden until Adam ate a forbidden fruit given to him by Eve.
As an English Christian name, Adam
has been common since the Middle Ages, and it received a boost after the Protestant Reformation
. A famous bearer was Scottish economist Adam Smith (1723-1790).