Why isn’t “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?

Why isn’t “Adam” a traditional Hebrew name?

  1. Originally, there was a Jewish tradition not to name children after Non-Jews in the Bible. So that eliminated names like Eve, Seth, and Noah. But this custom has long since been abandoned.
  2. Adam is even more complicated, because it can be argued that it wasn’t even a proper name in the Bible! It was just a common word that means “human being” or in older translations, “man”. The creation story of the Bible just refers to “the man” and never gives him a name. It was actually in the era of Christianity that it turned into a name by translators selectively* not translating it.

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