Adam – What’s behind the Name?

th-3A while ago I started a series of blogs about Hebrew names, their meanings, and words that derived from them. I am continuing this series as I think that it is a wonderful way to expand your Hebrew vocabulary and an easy way to remember words.

General knowledge of Hebrew names: You’ll find many names that end with ‘EL’ such as Gabriel גַבְרִיאֵל Yisrael יִשְׂרֵָאֵל, Aviel אָבִיאֵל, Amiel עָמִיאֵל.  The suffix ‘EL’ means ‘God’.

Then there are names that end with ‘YA’ such as Aviya אָבִיָה, ah-da-ya עֲדַיָה; Bat-ya בַּתְיָה. The suffix ‘YA’ also means ‘God’.

Many Hebrew names are after animals such as Deer אַיָּל, gazelle צְבִי, wolf זְאֵב , lion אָרְיֵה, bear דֹב, (young) sheep רָחֵל.

Many Hebrew names are after flowers and trees such as oak אָלוֹן; bud נִיצָן; willow הָדָס, young rose וֶרֶד,  young plant נֶטַע.

And of course, there are many Biblical names.

The Biblical name for this blog is the name of the first man mentioned in the Bible – Adam  אָדָם.

 אָדָם in Modern Hebrew means a man, a person, a human being, someone, somebody

הָאָדָם – mankind, humanity. Lit: The man

Words derived from the name אָדָם are as follows:

אָדָמָה – a-da-ma  – soil, land, earth, soil; ground (noun); plot (land)

אָדוֹם – a-dome – the color red

אָדַם – a-dahm – (verb) became red

אֲדַמְדַּם – a-dahm-dahm (adjective) Redish; redlike

אָדֶמֶת – a-de-met – the disease  rubella, German measles

מַאְדִּים – the planet Mars is called

אַדְמוֹנִי   ahd-mo-nee – (esp. of someone’s face) having a ruddy complexion; ruddy; red

אַדְמוּמִיּוּת – ahd-moo-mee-yoot – redness, ruddiness

הֶאֱדִים – he-eh-deem – became red,  reddened; to blushed

From this root, we get the word for blood – דָּם – dahm

See you in my next blog.

P.S. If you would like me to write about a certain name, please let me know.

Le-heet-ra-ote לְהִתְרָאוֹת – see you!

Ruti  רוּתִי

One comment

  1. Hello, quite interesting. Would it possible to get some more explanation about the hebrew names which are commended for my wife and me: Adira and Shabtai. I’m looking forward to it.


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