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Of Hebrew origin.

It may derive from the word “adam”, meaning to be red or the Akkadian “adamu”, meaning to make.

Sources also mention the Hebrew word “adamah” meaning the ground or earth.

In the book of Genesis, God created the first humans, Adam and Eve, who lived in the Garden of Eden until Adam ate the forbidden fruit.

After the Protestant Reformation the name became widely used in Western Europe.

Other forms of the name are: Adamo, Adão, Adán, Aatami.

Famous bearers are Adam Smith, Adam Sandler, Adam Arkin, Adam Clayton, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Adam Baldwin, Adam Goldberg, Adam Rodriguez, Adam Jones, Adam Ant, Adam Garcia, Adam Blythe, Adam Aston.

Adam is a popular name in Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Scottish political philosopher Adam Smith was a pioneer of political economy. His work is considered extremely influential and on economic thought and he is widely referred as the “father of modern economics”.

His two classic works are “Theory of Moral Sentiments” and “The Wealth of Nations”.