Adam Family History

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Adam Name Meaning

From the Biblical personal name Adam, which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man. It is the generic Hebrew term for ‘man’, probably from Hebrew adama ‘earth’. Compare the classical Greek legend that Zeus fashioned the first human beings from earth. It was very popular as a personal name among non-Jews throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, and the surname is found in one form or another in most of the countries of Europe. Jews, however, have never used this personal name, except in recent times under Polish and English influence. Among Scottish and Irish bearers it is sometimes a reduced form of McAdam.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Adan, Alam, Adami, Day, Aday, Adams, Adame, Dom, Rada, Adamo

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Adam Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Adam. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Adam Family Origin

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Adam Family Occupations

What did your Adam ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Adam occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Adam's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Adam. A less common occupation for the Adam family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Adam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 195,000 census records available for the last name Adam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Adam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 58,000 immigration records available for the last name Adam. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Adam. For the veterans among your Adam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Adam Life Expectancy

What is the average Adam lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Adam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Adam in 1942 was 48, and 75 in 2004.

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