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Where did the Borderlands Adams family come from? What is the Borderlands Adams family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Adams family history?

The name Adams is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It is derived from "Adam," a given name which is itself derived from the Latin name "Adamus," meaning "earth."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.

First found in Annandale where they held a family seat at Kynemund.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adams research. Another 210 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1329, 1460, 1728, 1792, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Adams History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Adams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Adams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Adams Settlers in the 17th Century

  • Captain Adams, who landed in Virginia in 1609
  • Mr. Adams, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Dorothe Adams, aged 24, landed in New England in 1635
  • Dorothie Adams, aged 24, arrived in America in 1635
  • Dorothy A Adams, who arrived in New England in 1635

Adams Settlers in the 18th Century

  • John Adams was a planter of St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1703
  • Anne Adams, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Ebenezer Adams, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Benjamin Adams, who arrived in Georgia in 1738
  • Anthony Adams, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Adams Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Adams, who landed in America in 1802
  • Archebald Adams, aged 12, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • John Adams, aged 15, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Mary Adams, aged 10, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Charles L Adams, aged 22, landed in North Carolina in 1812


  • Charles Francis Adams Jr. (1835-1915), American lawyer, railroad expert and historian, President of Union Pacific 1884-90
  • Alexander Annan Adams (1908-1990), English Air Vice Marshall
  • Sir Philip George Doyne Adams KCMG (1915-2001), British career diplomat and Ambassador to Egypt from 1972-1975
  • Bryan Adams (b. 1959), Canadian rock musician and songwriter
  • Douglas Adams (1952-2001), English Author
  • Ansel Easton Adams (1902-1984), American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Gerard "Gerry" Adams (b. 1948), Irish nationalist, politician and leader of Sinn Fein (1983-)
  • Charles Kendall Adams (1835-1902), American educator, president of Cornell University (1885-1892)
  • President John Couch Adams (1819-1892), English mathematician
  • President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), American politician, 6th US President



  • Adams Family Records: A Genealogical and Biographical History of All Branches of the Adams Family by J. T. Adams.
  • Adams, an American Dynasty by Francis Russell.

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The Adams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adams Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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