First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Adams

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from South Carolina, U.S. says the name Adams is of English origin and means "Adams [adams] as a boys' name is of Hebrew derivation, and the meaning of Adams is 'earth'. Adams is a variant form of Adam (Hebrew): from 'adams'. ASSOCIATED WITH earth".
  2. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Adams is of Scottish origin and means "Love and happiness".
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  1. A mountain peak in southwestern Washington in the Cascade Range (12,307 feet high)
  2. 2nd President of the United States (1735-1826)
  3. 6th President of the United States; son of John Adams (1767-1848)
  4. American Revolutionary leader and patriot; an organizer of the Boston Tea Party and signer of the Declaration of Independence (1722-1803)
  1. A patronymic surname​ derived from Adam.
  2. plural of Adam

Adams was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and Cebuano

Notable Persons Named Adams

Notable Persons Named Adams

Sir Adams George Archibald

Sir Adams George Archibald was a politician. He was most prominent from 1873 to 1883. Adams was born on May 3rd, 1814 in Truro, Nova Scotia. He breathed his last breath on December 14th, 1892.

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole

Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole is a Governor of Edo State. His ongoing career started in 2008. Adams was born on April 4th, 1952 in Edo (state).


Adams was born on June 3rd, 1851. He died on May 26th, 1925.

Adams Carter

Adams was born on June 6th, 1914. He left this life on April 1st, 1995.

VJ Adams

VJ Adams is a video jockey, tv host, musician, and vj (media personality). He has had major accomplishments since 2008. VJ was given the name Adams Ibrahim Adebola on May 5th, 1988 in Ejigbo, Lagos State, Nigeria.

Adams M. Jarchow


Notable Persons With the Last Name Adams

Notable Persons With the Last Name Adams

Amy Adams

Amy Adams is an actress and singer. She was most active from 1995 to present. Amy was given the name Amy Lou Adams on August 20th, 1974 in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy.

John Adams

John Adams was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Massachusetts, Delegate to the First Continental Congress, from Massachusetts Bay, 2nd President of the United States, 1st Vice President of the United States, United States Minister to theCourt of St. John was born on October 30th, 1735 in Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America. He passed away on July 4th, 1826.

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams was a 6th President of the United States, 8th United States Secretary of State, United States Minister to theCourt of St. James's, and United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. John was born on July 11th, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts. He breathed his last breath on February 23rd, 1848.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is a singer, fashion designer, model, businessperson, and businesswoman. She was most prominent from 1994 to present. Victoria was given the name Victoria Caroline Adams on April 17th, 1974 in Harlow, Essex, England. Victoria is also known as Posh Spice.

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams is a singer-songwriter, photographer, and philanthropist. His ongoing career started in 1976. Bryan was given the name Bryan Guy Adams on November 5th, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario.

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was a photographer, conservationist, and conservation movement. Ansel was given the name Ansel Easton Adams on February 20th, 1902 in San Francisco, California, US. He left this life on April 22nd, 1984.

  • Patrick J. Adams
  • Ryan Adams
  • Steven Adams
    Basketball Player
  • Douglas Adams
  • Samuel Adams
    Governor of Massachusetts
  • Scott Adams
    Comics Creator
  • Abigail Adams
    First Lady of the United States
  • Joey Lauren Adams
  • Louisa Adams
    First Lady of the United States
  • Gerry Adams
    President of Sinn Féin
  • Don Adams
  • Patch Adams
  • Tony Adams
    Soccer Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Adams U.S.
  White 74.02% 64.26%
  African American 19.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.16% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Adams

People with the last name Adams are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Adams

  • What name lists does Adams rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Adams? Adams is the 10,435th most popular name of all time. As a last name Adams was the 42nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Adams have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,071 babies born with the first name Adams in the United States. That's more than enough people named Adams to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Adams? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1898 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Adams first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Adams is Sunday, February 4th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Adams born? The highest recorded use of the first name Adams was in 1983 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Adams Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Adams is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Adams: The name spelled backwards is Smada. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Saamd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Adams? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 427,865 people with the last name Adams.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Adams? Adams was ranked as the 42nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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