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The ADAM surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 12,209 2704 0.005 45
United States (1880 census) 3,832 1600 0.008 77
Change since 1880 +8377 -1104 -0.003 -32
Other Countries
Australia 1,658 982 0.010 101
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for ADAM by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,304 2530 0.004 38
Texas 807 2994 0.004 39
Pennsylvania 795 1963 0.006 65
Florida 768 2806 0.005 48
New York 734 2729 0.004 39
Top States for ADAM by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Dakota 141 534 0.022 220
South Dakota 101 895 0.013 134
Iowa 339 1048 0.012 116
Delaware 84 1768 0.011 107
Nebraska 176 1159 0.010 103


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ADAM live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ADAM represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ADAM in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ADAM by picking someone at random in North Dakota than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ADAM

Region of origin: Middle East

Religious origin: Muslim

Ethnic distribution of ADAM in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 545 4.46
Mixed Race 363 2.97
Asian/Pacific 317 2.6
Native American/Alaskan 52 0.43
White (Caucasian) 9,632 78.89
Black/African American 1,300 10.65

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ADAM surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ADAM in historical publications


Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ADAM

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ADAM.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ADAM

The following words are slight variants of ADAM that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.