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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  • Farmer

    27%
  • Laborer

    16%
  • Keeping House

    6%
  • Carpenter

    3%

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

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Between 1942 and 2004, 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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