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Adam Surname 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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Where is the Adam family from?

You can see how Adam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Adam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Adam families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1911 there were 657 Adam families living in Quebec. This was about 40% of all the recorded Adam's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Adam families in 1911.
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What did your Adam ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Adam. 31% of Adam men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Adam women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Adam were Journalier and Nurse. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Cultivateur
  • Laborer
  • Journalier

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Servant
  • Housekeeper
  • Nurse
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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