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Quick Facts on Adam

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 82
Simple meaning:
Man, earth, ground

Characteristics of Adam

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Adam

The name Adam hardly needs an introduction. In the Bible, it’s the name of the very first man God created (Genesis 2). Adam was formed out of “the dust from the ground” and brought to life when God breathed His spirit into him. The Hebrew word “adamah” means “ground, earth, soil”, fittingly since dust/dirt was the essential ingredient of God’s creation. And we thought being created from a rib was bad; how’d you like to be made of dirt? We’d rather be made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails! Ah, but we digress. Adam is also the generic term for “mankind” as told in Genesis 5:2. The first human being Adam has also supplied us with a few idioms; for instance, to “not know someone from Adam” (meaning to not know him at all); “Adam’s ale” (water); and, our personal favorite, “Adam’s apple” (the bulge in men’s throats representing where the forbidden apple got stuck). Although we josh, Adam is probably one of the coolest names around. It’s the first masculine given name EVER; and not only that, it was given by God Himself. What if God had decided to name Adam Jayden or Dwayne or something tragic like that? According to the Bible, here are the first 20 baby boy names in the history of mankind: Adam, Cain, Abel, Enoch, Irad, Mehujael, Methusael, Lamech, Jabal, Jubal, Tubalcain, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch (again), Methuselah, Lamech (again) and, finally, Noah. Only seven of these 20 names are in any kind of familiar circulation in the United States. Can you guess which ones? We will say this: Adam and Noah are both Top 100 favorites, and we can see why. There’s a certain timelessness to Adam which will always secure his place on our list. Other nations agree. Here’s where Adam is currently a Top 100 favorite (in rough order of popularity): Hungary, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Scotland, Catalonia, France, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, England, Australia, Norway, the United States, Croatia and Slovenia. This one totally transcends ethnic borders all over the Western World.

Popularity of the Name Adam

We can say with some certainly that Adam has been around and in circulation since the days of colonization. However, we only have naming trend data that dates back to 1880. Adam entered the 20th century with solid usage; however, the name did not hit America’s Top 100 list until 1970. The name achieved its peak popularity in 1983 and 1984 when Adam was the 18th most commonly bestowed baby boy’s name in the nation. It still remains a Top 100 favorite but it appears to be slipping ever so slightly. With a name like Adam, though, it doesn’t seem to matter. There will never be a sense of trendiness or contemporary fashion associated with this age-old name of simple dignity.
Popularity of the Boy Name Adam
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Adam

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Adam

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Adam

    Adam (Paradise Lost) Paradise Lost is widely considered to be one of the most important and beautiful works in English literature. Written by the blind poet John Milton and published in 1667, it purports to tell the story of the conflict between God and Satan and the fall of Man, embodied in the creations of Adam and Eve as personified in the Christian biblical tradition. As drawn by Milton, Adam is, while certainly larger than life, very much of life. Set against the celestially overbearing figures of Good and Evil, God and Satan, Adam and Eve are touchingly, well, human. They live in the Garden of Earthly Delights and presumably have everything they could possibly want, including a personal relationship with God. They are warned against only one thing: eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Naturally, setting a standard for us lowly humans for millennia to come, they eat the apple and suffer the consequences. It is in this action of disobedience, however, where Adam shows himself to be a truly good Man. While Eve succumbs to the temptations of the Devil who preys upon her vanity, Adam joins her in sin simply because she is the Woman he loves. Many lessons to be learned here (perhaps not all of which Milton would approve).

    Adam Bede (Adam Bede) Adam Bede is George Eliot’s first novel, published in 1859, written under the pen name used by Mary Ann Evans. The protagonist, Adam Bede, is almost too good to be true. He is an upright, moral and popular young carpenter, who is in love with the vain and shallow Hetty Sorrel. She, of course, loves the dashing squire, Arthur Donnitthorne, and conducts a clandestine affair with him, resulting in her pregnancy and his (albeit unknowing) abandonment. Young Bede appears to have his eyes permanently closed, believing Hetty to be repentant of even thinking of Donnitthorne, not knowing quite how far the affair has gone beyond thinking, and he still wishes to marry her. Such falls from grace as Hetty’s may not go unpunished, of course, so after killing her infant daughter and trying unsuccessfully to summon up the courage to commit suicide, Hetty is arrested, tried and condemned to death. Enter the pious and lovely Dinah Morris, a cousin of Hetty’s and a kind of lay preacher. She persuades Hetty to repent; Captain Donnitthorne returns and learns her fate and her sentence is commuted. What could possibly complete this pretty, tidy picture? Why of course – good Adam marries good Dinah who retires from the ministry circuit and they live happily ever after with their children, conceived within wedlock.

    “Adam’s Curse” (A Poem by William Butler Yeats) In this beautiful poem by William Butler Yeats, published in his 1904 collection, In The Seven Woods, the poet touchingly decries the sin of the First Man which resulted in the curse of the separation of pleasure and labor being imposed upon mankind. Henceforward from that sin, nothing, no poem, could be brought to fruition except through toil and torture. “A line will take us hours maybe; Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, Our stitching and unstitching has been naught”. No thing of beauty is without its laborious origin, no love without its wearying, disheartening let-down. This is Adam’s Curse, and yet we labor on.

  • Popular Songs on Adam

    Popular Songs on Adam

    Adam and Eve - a song by Ani DiFranco

    Adam and Eve - a song by Bob Marley

    Adam and Eve - a song by Paul Anka

    Adam at the Window - a song by Mary Black

    Adam in Chains - a song by Billy Idol

    Adam Lives in Theory - a song by Lauryn Hill

    Adam Raised a Cain - a song by Bruce Springsteen

    Adam's Apple - a song by Aerosmith

    Adam's Song - a song by Blink 182

    Song for Adam - a song by Jackson Browne

    The fall of Adam - a song for Marilyn Manson

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Adam

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Adam

    Adam and Eve in the Garden (Kelly Pulley) - A beginners guide to the Bible for young children. From the creation of day and night through Adam and Eve in the garden, emergent readers will learn the Bible's first story. Children can read the simple text by themselves---and enjoy the vibrant Beginner's Bible artwork. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Adam Joshua Capers: The Monster in the Third Dresser Drawer (Janice Smith) - In six funny episodes, a small boy with spunk copes with moving, a new baby sister, loose teeth, monsters in the night and more. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Adam of the Road (Elizabeth Janet Gray) - Eleven-year-old Adam loved to travel throughout 13th century England with his father, a wandering minstrel, and his dog, Nick. But when Nick is stolen and his father disappears, Adam suddenly finds himself alone. He searches the same roads he traveled with his father, meeting various people along the way. But will Adam ever find his father and dog and end his desperate search? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Adam Strange: Planet Heist (Andy Diggle) - Heroic adventurer Adam Strange was ready to abandon Earth and join his wife and daughter on his adopted home world of Rann forever, but the newly perfected Zeta-Beam that was to transport him there never came. Now he's trapped on Earth, desperate with worry that something terrible may have happened to his world and his family. But the truth is far worse than even his darkest imaginings. Something terrible is coming. And an ordinary Earthman may be the only thing that stands in the way of universal Armageddon! Recommended for ages 13+

    Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons?: And 199 Other Questions from Catholic Teenagers (Matthew J. Pi - This book is the #1 book teens turn to for answers on their Catholic Faith. It inspires, informs and challenges teens. Each year, literally hundreds of parishes and schools use “Did Adam & Eve?” with their teens. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Don't Be Afraid, Amanda (Lilian Moore) - Adam the country mouse has already visited Amanda in the city for one day. Now, Amanda must overcome her own fears about the country and visit Adam. Little does she know that she will float across the pond on a leaf — that is, until she is rescued by a friendly turtle. Or that she will climb all the way to the top of a scarecrow to watch the clouds. By the end of the day, she has eaten a pumpkin seed and even hidden from a frightening hawk. This is one visit Amanda will never forget! Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Red Dog (Bill Wallace) - Living with his family in the rugged, often dangerous, Wyoming mountains in the 1860's, twelve-year-old Adam finds his courage put to the test when he is left in charge of the household during his stepfather's absence. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Adam

    Famous People Named Adam

    Famous People Named Adam - Adam Ant (singer); Adam Baldwin (actor); Adam Beach (actor); Adam Brody (actor); Adam Carolla (TV personality); Adam Clayton (musician); Adam Curry (original MTV VJ); Adam Duritz (musician); Adam Goldberg (actor); Adam Green (musician); Adam Horovitz (musician); Adam Jones (guitarist); Adam Lambert (singer); Adam Levine (musician); Adam Sandler (actor/comic); Adam West (actor); Adam Yauch (musician); Adam Smith (economist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Adam

    Children of Famous People Named Adam

    Famous People who Named their Son Adam - Alan Arkin (actor); Audrey Landers (actress); Jack Klugman (actor); John Walsh (TV personality/crime fighter); Leonard Nimoy (actor); Maurice Gibb (musician); Saul Bellow (Nobel Prize winning writer)

Personality of the Boy Name Adam

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Adam

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