Gender: Male Meaning of Adam: "son of the red earth" Origin of Adam: Hebrew Adam's Popularity in 2019: #90

Adam Origin and Meaning

The name Adam is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "son of the red earth".

Adam -- a primal Old Testament name -- was revived as a 1960s cowboy name. Adam is not as popular as it once was and feels ready for a respite, replaced by newer A names like Aidan/Aiden, Avery and Axel. Its most prominent current bearers include Adams Sandler, Levine, Brody and Driver -- who plays a character named Adam on Girls.

Adam, of course, is the first man God created. It is also a generic term for mankind. Adam did not hit the U.S. Top 100 until 1970, peaking in the early '80s at Number 18.

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Rank in US: #90

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Adam's International Variations

Adamec, Adamek, Adamki, Damek, Adamok (Czech) Adrien (Hungarian) Adem (Turkish) Ádamh (Irish Gaelic) Adomas (Lithuanian) Adok (Polish) Adas, Adamka (Russian) Adán, Addis, Adamo, Adnon (Spanish)


LaulenaG Says:


An underused classic. Great alternative to overused "a" boys names (Alex, Aiden, Adrien)

headintheclouds Says:


Adam is a biblical name that to me is surprisingly not heard of very often IRL, or at least I don't encounter it even a quarter as much as other staples like Daniel, Joshua, David etc. And I don't really think of it as a flash-trend dated kind of name either. I think that's why I don't find this as plain boring/ just meh as I do other names in this same category like Sarah, though I do see that angle. Adam sounds like very calm and sheltering to me-- it evokes the image of a boat softly swaying against a smooth lake current, or a restful nap under the shade of a tree on a summer's day. So all in all I have pleasant associations with the name.

thenamer007 Says:


This is my cousin's name, and I always liked it. It's not old and tired for me; it's a classic.

zenithstarr Says:


One of my favorite (not to mention smartest, and nicest) cousin's has this name and it really fits him :)

royalchic Says:


my boyfriend has this name <3

jordalini Says:


it's right up there with John for me.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Probably an unpopular opinion, but this is one of the most boring names ever to me.

Leah3456 Says:


Strong name.

clairels Says:


Guy with a crew cut who has you home by ten.