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.
It means "defending men", from Greek alexo - "to defend, help" and aner - "man". In Greek mythology
this was another name of the hero Paris, and it also belongs to several characters in the New
Testament. However, the most famous bearer was Alexander the Great, King of Macedon. In the 4th
century BC he built a huge empire out of Greece, Egypt, Persia, and parts of India. Due to his fame,
and later medieval tales involving him, use of his name spread throughout Europe.