In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the first people to use the name MacCaw were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons
. The name is derived from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.
Early Origins of the MacCaw family
The surname MacCaw was first found in Annandale
, where they held a family seat
at Kynemund and at Waterhead in the Stewartry of Kirkudbright.
"Adam of Caithness (d. 1222), Scottish bishop, was probably a native of the south of Scotland. The tradition is that he was a foundling exposed at the church door. He first appears in 1207, when we find that he, already prior of the Cistercians at Melrose, became abbot. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
Early History of the MacCaw family
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MacCaw Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacAdam, MacAdams, McAdam, McAdams, MacCaw and others.
Early Notables of the MacCaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacCaw family to Ireland
Some of the MacCaw family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacCaw family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: William Adam who wrote an Adam Genealogy which is now part of the American Library of Congress; many in the New world dropped the Mac or Mc from their name. John Adam landed in America in 1685.
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print