Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Adam m. Classical Hebrew אָדָם 'earth, soil; man', from Classical Hebrew אדמה 'red earth, ground'.

The name of the Biblical first man created by God and of an 11th C Italian saint. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Adam. Geneva Bible (1560): Adam.

The name was sometimes used as an anglicization of Gaelic Áedán (cf. Aidan).

Belgium
Latin
1110 Adam (nom) CartStBert 4
Brabant
Latin
1312 Adaem (nom) JeanIII p. 13, Adam (nom) ibid. p. 2, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 11
Czech Republic
Latin
1343 Adam (nom) Rössler2 294, p. 135; 1349 Adam (nom) chlumecky 15, Ade (dat) ibid. 95; 1350 Adam (nom) ibid. 170, Ade (gen) ibid. 165; 1351 Adam (nom) ibid. 31, Ade (dat) ibid. 14; 1353 Adam (nom) ibid. 67; 1358 Adam (nom) ibid. 234, p. 31
England
Latin
c1145x1159 Adam (nom) EYC-3 1666; 1155 Adam (nom) FPD p. 121, fn. 1, Adæ (gen) ibid. p. 121, fn. 1; 1183 Adam (nom) BoldonBuke p. 9; 1185x1186 Adam (nom) PR-XXXVI p. 4, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 8; 1189 Adam (nom) GASurv p. 77, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 95; 1194 Ade (dat) RotCur-vol1 p. 5; c1198 Adam (nom) GASurv p. 242; 1222 Adam (nom) StPaulDom p. 15, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 11; 1256 Adam (nom) EARNb p. 6, Adæ (gen) ibid. p. 3; 1279–80 Ada (nom) WaHR-SK p. 41, Adam (nom) ibid. p. 54, Ade (dat) ibid. p. 35; 1296 Adam (nom) RCS-1 p. 93b, Ade (dat) ibid. p. 93b; 1299 Adam (nom) ComWil-vol1 p. 3; 1300 Adam (nom) ProcSuf-vol3 p. 232; 1302 Ada (nom) ComWil-vol1 p. 4, Adam (nom) ibid. p. 4; 1319 Adam (acc) PSS-CXIV 5a, Ade (gen) ibid. 5a; 1327 Adam (abl) SaxhamSf p. 111; 1340xc1450 Adam (nom) CovGuild-1 p. 1, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 2; 1341 Adam (nom) SaxhamSf p. 111; 1377 Adam (nom) FenPT-2 p. 5; 1381 Adam (nom) ibid. p. 6, Suffolk1381 p. 68, Adami (gen) ibid. p. 87, Adamo (abl) ibid. p. 100, Ade (nom) ibid. p. 96; 1395 Adam (abl) EEW p. 10; 1408 Adam (nom) GCCYork p.11; 1436 Adam (dat) WillsInv LIX; 1485–1486 Ade (abl) CovGuild-2 p. 57
Dutch
1576 Adam AuFr Boddens; 1578 Adam ibid. Billen; 1579 Adam ibid. Bolten
Middle English
1418 Adam EEW p. 29; 1426 Adam ibid. p. 74; 1434 Adam ibid. p. 98
Early Modern English
1525/6 Adam LIWill-III p. 1; 1530 Adam ibid. p. 64; 1532–1533 Adam CovGuild-2 p. 123; 1542 Adam StAnthonlin p. 3; 1547 Adam BarnstapleBap p. 5; 1549 Adam StNick-Sf p. 2; 1557 Adda RegSASel p. 2; 1560/1 Adda ibid. p. 7; 1562 Adam bruton-vol1 p. 32; 1582 Adam BUmar-vol9 p. 7; 1586 Adam OrpingtonKe p. 7; 1588 Adam BEmar-vol2 p. 69; 1591/2 Adam BEmar-vol1 p. 15; 1593 Adam OrpingtonKe p. 9; 1596 Adam BEmar-vol2 p.96; 1598 Adam Bar-in-El p. 33, DEmar-vol2 p. 37
Estonia
Middle Low German
1437 Daem BbRT p. 360
France
Latin
1101x1129 Adam (nom) CartStPC XXIII; 1125 Ade (gen) NDParisII 2-XLVII; 1143 Adam (nom) clairvaux-12thc 10; 1147 Adam (abl) CartNDdOurscamp XCVII, (nom) clairvaux-12thc 15; 1159 Adam (nom) ibid. 37; 1180 Adam (acc) RotScaNor p. 15; 1188 Adam (nom) CartNDdOurscamp XCIV; 1206 Ade (gen) ibid. LVIII; 1214 Ade (gen) ibid. CXLI; 1220 Adam (nom) NDParisII 2-LXVIII; 1222 Adam (nom) CartNDdOurscamp XXXVIII, Ade (gen) NDParisII 2-XCI; 1255 Adam (nom) ArrestReg-volI I, Candlemas; 1257 Adam (nom) ibid. I, BMV, Adame (gen) ibid. IX, BMV; 1258 Adam (nom) ibid. XVI, BMV, Ade (gen) ibid. III, Candlemas; 1270 Adam (nom) NDParisII 2-XLI; 1300 Ade (gen) CartNDdOurscamp LXIX; 1301 Adam (nom) MemPic-vol17 p. 203, Adams (nom) ibid. p. 231, Adans (nom) ibid. p. 227, Ade (gen) ibid. p. 203; 1378 Adaems (gen) hanquetvol1 1649, Ade (dat) ibid. 424
Old French
1296 Adam paris1296 p. 3; 1301 Adan (obl) MemPic-vol17 p. 241; 1313 Adan Paris1313 p. 2
1296 Adenot paris1296 p. 42; 1313 Adenet Paris1313 p. 88
Middle French
1388 Adam thierry; 1418 Adam HGParis p. 374; 1421 Adam favier 587; 1423 Adam ibid. 34; 1438 Adam ibid.; 1562 Adam RegPCC-1 p. 8; 1563 Adam ibid. p. 41, Adan ibid. p. 43; 1564 Adam ibid. p. 45, Adan ibid. p. 77; 1566 Adam ibid. p. 208; 1567 Adam ibid. p. 309; 1568 Adam ibid. p. 415
1418 Adenet HGParis p. 378; 1421 Adenet favier 425; 1423 Adenet ibid. 64; 1438 Adenet ibid. 267, Adenin ibid. 74
Germany
Latin
790x814 Adam (nom) HambUrk-vol1 III; 963x1023 Ada (gen) TradCorb §225; 1151 Adam (nom) mairhofer XL; 1196 Adam (abl) quix-vol1 68
Early New High German
1497 Adam Nurn1497 p. 1
Hungary
Latin
1303 Adam (nom) Slíz p. 13; 1321 Odon (nom) ibid. p. 13; 1322 Odun ibid. p. 13; 1324 Adam (nom) ibid. p. 13; 1332–1337 Adam (nom) ibid. p. 13; 1340 Adam (nom) ibid. p. 13; 1341 Adam (nom) ibid. p. 13
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Ada (nom) MunDocIr III, p. 8, Adam (nom) ibid. III, p. 5, Ade (gen) ibid. III, p. 7
Italy
Latin
1265x1339 Adammi (gen) BBC-Berg 137; 1279 Adammi (gen) ibid. p. XLIII; 1288 Adammi (gen) ibid. p. XLIV; 1295 Adammus (nom) ibid. p. XLV; 1376 Adano (abl) DouGen1 p. 169, Adanus (nom) ibid. p. 254; 1464 Adanus (nom) CUP-III-I CCXXXI; 1522x1532 Adam (nom) DSF p. 54, 58
Latvia
Latin
1290 Adam (nom) RigSB 20; 1294 Adam (nom) ibid. 53; 1296 Adam (nom) ibid. 65; 1297 Adam (nom) ibid. 76, Ade (dat) ibid. 260; 1299 Adam (nom) ibid. 86
Middle Low German
1565x1577 Adams Arbusow p. 97
Lithuania
Polish
1551x1555 Adama (gen) Kaunas2006 p. 85
The Netherlands
Dutch
1579 Adams (gen) MagMiddelburg-1560; 1580 Adams (gen) ibid.; 1581 Adams (gen) ibid.
Scotland
Latin
c1120 Adam (abl) ESC XXXV; 1174x99 Ada (abl) CartLevenax p. 12; a1177 Adam (abl) CartNBer 3; 1214–1226 Ada (abl) morton-vol1 2, Adam (abl) ibid. 1; 1238 Ada (abl) CartStAndrew p. 2; 1376 Adam (nom) morton-vol1 16; c1377 Adam (abl) ibid. 4; 1424 Adam (abl) RMSRS-2 3, Ade (gen) ibid. 18; 1425 Adam (abl) ibid. 27, Ade (dat) ibid. 34
Scots
1376 Ade (unc) morton-vol1 16; c1550 Adamis (gen) CartNBer p. xxv
Sweden
Latin
1350 Adam (dat) SDHK no. 6023
Ukraine
Latin
1469 Adam (nom) AGZ-18 21
Wales
Latin
1247 Adam (abl) ArchCambIII p. 228; 1452 Adda (nom) ibid. p. 72; 1454 Adda (nom) ibid. p. 71; 1455 Adda (nom) ibid. p. 258
Early Modern English
1578 Adam RegLlantrithyd p. 61; 1582 Adam ibid. p. 33
Cite as: R. Le Get, N. Shiel, M. Slíz, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Adam". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Adam.