# 2512 Add And Adapt Adam?

Q. We are B’H a baal teshuva family, and Hashem just graced us with a baby boy. We want to know if we can give the name of a dear deceased grandfather named Adam to our newborn. Adam was always of great help to us and we want to honor his memory. Is that uncommon name permitted?
A. Mabit (Teshuvos 1: 276) maintains that on the onset, one should not use names of individuals that were alive before Avrohom Avinu, for naming a child. The above would include Adam and Noach. (See Pischei Teshuvos 265: 6).
However, Birkei Yosef (Y.D. 265: 10) quoting Knessess Hagedola, questions that ruling, since we find Sages that were named with those ancient names, such as Binyamin bar Yefes (Brochos 33a) or Akavia ben Mahalalel (Avos 3: 1).
However, Teshuvos Vehanhogos (1: 605), writes that he never heard of one being called Adam, although the name of his wife Chava is common. He deduces that there must be a valid reason why.
He adds, that if the name is given to honor a deceased relative and not in the name of a Biblical personage, it is permitted. He writes that some choose a name that is mentioned in the current weekly parsha, such as Noach. (This name is more common than Adam).
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is permitted. The Rov quoted the example of Adam Baal Shem of Rofshitz, the teacher of the Baal Shem Tov and originator of the Chassidik movement. (See Meditation and Kabbala by Rav A. Kaplan).
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as revised by Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a

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