This is the Hebrew word for man. It could also mean to be red, referring to the ruddy colour of
human skin, or from Akkadian adamu meaning to make. According to Genesis in the Old Testament Adam
was created from the earth by God. He and Eve were supposedly the first humans, living happily in
the Garden of Eden until Adam ate a forbidden fruit given to him by Eve.
The meaning of this name is not known for certain. It was used in Brittany at least as early as the
6th century, and it possibly means either "little rock" or "handsome" in Breton. Alternatively, it
may derive from the tribal name of the Alans, an Iranian people who migrated into Europe in the 4th
and 5th centuries.