Adam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Adam came from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.

Early Origins of the Adam family

The surname Adam was first found in many counties throughout England and Scotland.

"Six centuries ago Adam probably ranked as second or third favourite among boys' names throughout England. In the north it attained a most remarkable pre-eminence." [1]

Another source notes the name is "rare in the eastern and northern counties. In the north, however, its place is sometimes taken by Adamson and Addison, as in the county of Durham. It is at present best represented in Buckinghamshire, Devon, Hampshire, and Staffordshire, and in the counties on the Welsh border, Shropshire and Monmouthshire. " [2]

Shortly after the Conquest, forenames were still rare, but for popular names such as this an appellation was typically added denoting "from where they hailed" or in some cases, an occupation. By example, Adam of Barking ( fl. 1217?), was a Benedictine monk belonging to the abbey of Sherborne in Dorset; Adam of Buckfield (fl. 1300?), was an English commentator on Aristotle; Adam the Carthusian (fl. 1340) was described as a Carthusian monk and a doctor of theology; Adam of Domerham (d. after 1291), was a monk of Glastonbury, a native of Domerham, a village in Wiltshire belonging to Glastonbury Abbey; Adam de Marisco (d. 1257?), was a learned Franciscan, is said to have been a native of Somerset; and Adam of Orlton (d. 1345), successively bishop of Hereford, Worcester, and Winchester. [3]

As far as early rolls are concerned, England and Scotland had the lion's share of early entries.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following entries: John filius Adam, Oxfordshire; Hugh filius Adam, Oxfordshire; German Adam, Cambridgeshire; and Juliana Adams, Huntingdonshire. Further to the north and over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes Adamson; Johannes Adam; and Thomas Adamson. [1]

In Scotland, "Adam sub-prior of Melrose became abbot of Cupar, 1189. Adam son of Adam was one of the witnesses to the charter by William Bruce to Adam of Carlyle of the lands of Kynemund, c. 1194-1214, and he also witnessed the resignation by Dunegal, son of Udard of a carucate of land in Warmanbie within the same period. Adam became abbot of Newbattle in 1201, and another Adam, a native of Lennox (Levenax), was a monk of great sanctity. " [4]

Important Dates for the Adam family

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Adam Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Adam has been recorded under many different variations, including Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.

Early Notables of the Adam family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was William Adams (1585-1661), London Haberdasher born in Newport, Shropshire, who founded Adams' Grammar School in 1656; Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet (1586-1667), Lord Mayor of the City of London and a Member of Parliament for the City of London from 1654-1655 and...
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Migration of the Adam family to Ireland

Some of the Adam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Adam migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Adam or a variant listed above:

Adam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Adam, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • Tho Adam, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [5]
  • John Adam, who settled in Barbados in 1680
  • John Adam, who landed in America in 1685
  • Robert Adam, who settled in New Jersey in 1685
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Adam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Adam, who arrived in New York in 1709 [5]
  • Hendrick Adam, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
  • Joh Henrich Adam, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
  • Catharina Adam, aged 2, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
  • Cathrina Adam, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
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Adam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Adam, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [5]
  • William Adam who wrote an Adam Genealogy which is now part of the American Library of Congress
  • Johann Jakob Adam, who arrived in Brazil in 1827 [5]
  • Joh Jakob Adam, who landed in Brazil in 1827 [5]
  • Jakob Adam, who arrived in Brazil in 1827 [5]
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Adam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wilhelm Adam, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1902 [5]
  • Juliana Adam, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1902 [5]
  • Friedrich Adam, aged 11, who landed in New York, NY in 1902 [5]
  • Catharina Adam, aged 48, who arrived in New York, NY in 1902 [5]
  • Arthur Adam, who landed in Pike County, Ind in 1904 [5]
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Adam migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Adam Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Anne Adam, who landed in Quebec in 1671
  • Sam Adam of Ferryland, Newfoundland, settled there in 1675 [6]
  • René Adam, son of Jean and Marie, married Anne Maillou, daughter of Michel and Jeanne, in Beaumont, Quebec on 1st May 1696 [7]
Adam Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Guillaume Adam, son of Guillaume and Marguerite, married Catherine Charon, daughter of Pierre and Catherine, in Longueuil, Quebec on 24th February 1701 [7]
  • Jean-Baptiste Adam, son of Jean and Marie, married Catherine Guillet, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Batiscan, Quebec on 16th April 1708 [7]
  • Ignace Adam, son of René and Anne, married Suzanne Lacasse, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Françoise, in Beaumont, Quebec on 19th November 1720 [7]
  • Samuel Adam was a JP of Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1730 [6]
  • René Adam, son of René and Anne, married Marie-Josephte Maupas, daughter of Nicolas and Agnès, in Beaumont, Quebec on 8th November 1734 [7]
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Adam Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Adam, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1848
  • Amalie Adam, aged 20, who landed in Quebec in 1868
Adam Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Anna Adam, aged 3, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Alexander Adam, aged 4, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Arthur Adam, aged 1, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Emilie Adam, aged 26, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Gottlieb Adam, aged 32, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
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Adam migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Adam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Adam, a shoemaker, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mr. James Adam, (b. 1807), aged 30, Cornish farmer, from St. Ives, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [8]
  • Mrs. Susan Adam, (b. 1808), aged 29, Cornish farming servant, from Plymouth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [8]
  • Mr. John Adam, (b. 1829), aged 8, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [8]
  • Mr. James Adam, (b. 1834), aged 3, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [8]
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Adam migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Adam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Adam, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harrington" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 15th June 1841 [9]
  • John S. Adam, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Adam, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • John Adam, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • James Adam, aged 25, a shipwright, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
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Contemporary Notables of the name Adam (post 1700)

  • T. A. Adam, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1924 [10]
  • Samuel Forbes Adam (1783-1854), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canaan, 1825, 1827-28 [10]
  • Prudence Adam, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008 [10]
  • Robert R. Adam, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County 3rd District; Elected 1954 [10]
  • Nathaniel E. Adam, American politician, Representative from California 43rd District, 2000 [10]
  • Karl Adam, American Republican politician, South Dakota Republican State Chair, 2008; Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 2008 [10]
  • John J. Adam (1807-1888), American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1835 [10]
  • Jane E. Adam, American politician, Representative from California 47th District, 2000 [10]
  • James Noble Adam (1842-1912), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1906-09 [10]
  • Iris Adam, American politician, Representative from California 47th District, 1996; Natural Law Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [10]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Adam family

Bismarck
  • Heinz Adam (1920-1941), German Matrose IV Funk who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [11]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
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