Seventh-Day Adventists / SDA

The descriptive name adopted as a denominational title in 1860 by one branch of Adventists—those, specifically, who keep the seventh day as the Sabbath. (For the circumstances of the adoption of the denominational name, see Organization .) The people who first took the name in 1860 were already Adventists, not only in the broad sense of believing in the nearness of the Second Advent—for many in various parts of the world in the 1840s and earlier had believed that—but also in the restricted sense of having developed from the Millerite movement, which had called itself Adventist. By adopting the name, the Sabbathkeeping Adventists distinguished themselves from the other descendants of the Millerite movement. Thus the popular explanation that the name was selected as denoting one who be...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.