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.
This name could be viewed either as meaning "father of many", in Hebrew, or as a contraction of the
name Abram and hamon - "many, multitude". The biblical Abraham was originally named Abram but God
changed his name. He led his followers from Ur into Canaan, and is regarded by the Jews as being the
founder of the Hebrews through his son Isaac and by the Muslims as being the founder of the Arabs
through his son Ishmael.