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What does the name Adam mean?

The meaning of the name “Adam” is: “Man; earth; of the red earth”.

Additional information: Adam is a masculine name of Hebrew origin, meaning ‘Man,’ and was the name of Adam, the first man created from the earth by God who lived in the Garden of Eden in Genesis of the Old Testament. It is also associated with 'adama' (earth), from which God was supposed to have made the first humans. According to the Bible Adam and Eve were the first humans, and lived in the Garden of Eden until the original sin. St. Adam is the patron saint of gardeners.

Addy is a popular diminutive, and variants include Adamina (Addyson, Addison) as a feminine form of Adam. As far as biblical names go Adam is one of the less formal sounding names. Most countries use the spelling ‘Adam,’ but some countries have different spelling and pronunciation of the name such as the Italian ‘Adamo,’ and the Lithuanian ‘Adomas.’ Common misspellings tent to be left out letters or misplacement of letters-‘Adm,’ ‘Aadm,’ ‘Adaam.’

The name Adam remains in the top hundred names for boys peaking at the eighteenth place in 1983, and 1984. The name sees particular popularity in Muslim and Christian majority countries. Adam is also a common surname and is typically plural: ‘Adams.’

Famous people named Adam include Adam Gemili (English Olympic Athlete), Adam Levine (American Musician), and Adam Sandler (American Comedian). Famous fictional characters named Adam are the infamous first man Adam who was deceived by the snake in the Bible tale, and Adam a strong character in Paradise Lost, Adam Strange, a superhero in DC Comics, and Adam Schaffer from the popular film It’s Complicated.

In all of Christianity, the tale of Adam and Eve is the human creation myth. In the Bible Adam and Eve are held accountable for the “Fall of Man,” and are responsible for populating the earth. Adam is also associated with the myth/legend of Lilith who was supposedly his wife before Eve. Adam and Eve are the parents of the famous biblical figures of Cain, Abel, and Seth.