Gender Masculine
Scripts Адам(Russian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Macedonian) Αδάμ, Άνταμ(Greek) אָדָם(Hebrew) آدم(Arabic) ადამ(Georgian) Ἀδάμ(Ancient Greek)
Pronounced Pron. AD-əm(English)
A-DAHN(French)
A-dam(German, Polish, Czech, Arabic)
A-dahm(Dutch)
AH-dam(Swedish)
u-DAM(Russian)
ah-DAHM(Ukrainian)
ə-DHAM(Catalan)
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Meaning & History

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) meaning "earth"). He and Eve were supposedly the first humans, living happily in the Garden of Eden until they ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. As a result they were expelled from Eden to the lands to the east, where they gave birth the second generation, including Cain, Abel and Seth.

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).

Related Names

Feminine FormAdamina(English)
Other Languages & CulturesAatami(Finnish) Akamu(Hawaiian) Ádám(Hungarian) Ádhamh(Irish) Adamo(Italian) Adomas(Lithuanian) Addy(Medieval English) Adão(Portuguese) Adán(Spanish) Adem(Turkish) Adamou(Western African)
Surname DescendantsAdamić(Croatian) Adamsen(Danish) Adam, Adams, Adamson, Eads, Easom, Eason, Edison(English) Adam(French) Adam(German) Adamsen(Norwegian) Adam(Polish) Adam(Romanian) Adamsson(Swedish)
Same SpellingÁdám
User SubmissionsÁdam, Âdam

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Name Days

Croatia: May 16
Croatia: December 24
Czechia: December 24
Denmark: December 24
Norway: December 24
Poland: April 6
Poland: December 24
Slovakia: December 24
Sweden: December 23

Images

Depiction of Adam and Eve by Master Bertram (1383)Depiction of Adam and Eve by Master Bertram (1383)

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Entry updated April 25, 2021