Adam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generations of the Adam family and all its branches are only the most recent to bear a surname that originated in that ancient area known as Languedoc, France. The Adam surname comes from an ancestor having lived in Languedoc.

Early Origins of the Adam family

The surname Adam was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat from ancient times.

The family was believed to have originated from the area of Dieuze. By the 1600's the family came to settle in the region of Languedoc where they became well established and several members of this ancient family became prominent through their contribution to public concerns in the community they lived and were rewarded with lands, titles, and letters of patent confirming their nobility.

Descended from the first ancient branch, Pierre Adam was the head of the second branch of the family while Guillaume Adam was the head of the branch of La Soujeole. In 1705, in recognition of his valuable services to his community and for his countrymen, Pierre became the counselor at the Court of Montpellier. Similarly, his son, François Adam, was chosen to be the counselor at the Audit Office of Montpellier.

Jean Adam, born in 1636, travelled from France to Lauzon in Quebec, Canada in the 17th century. After settling in Quebec he married Marie Mezeray, daughter of René and Nicole. They remained together in Quebec until Jean passed away at Beaumont on 3rd September 1711. [1]

Important Dates for the Adam family

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Adam Spelling Variations

History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Adam, some of which include Adam, Adame, Adan, Addam, Addame, Addan, Adane, Addane, D'Adam, D'Adame, D'Adan, D'Addam, D'Addame, D'Addan, D'Adane, D'Addane, Adant, Adante, Adent, Adans, Adan, Adent, Aden, Adens, Addant, Addante, Addent, Addans, Addan, Addent, Adden, Addens, Adente and many more.

Early Notables of the Adam family (pre 1700)

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Adam migration to the United States

Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Adam has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Adam were

Adam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Adam, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • Tho Adam, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Hendrick Adam, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Joh Henrich Adam, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Catharina Adam, aged 2, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
  • Cathrina Adam, aged 26, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [2]
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Adam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Adam, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804 [2]
  • 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 [2]
  • Joh Jakob Adam, who landed in Brazil in 1827 [2]
  • Jakob Adam, who arrived in Brazil in 1827 [2]
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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 [2]
  • Juliana Adam, aged 19, who arrived in New York, NY in 1902 [2]
  • Friedrich Adam, aged 11, who landed in New York, NY in 1902 [2]
  • Catharina Adam, aged 48, who arrived in New York, NY in 1902 [2]
  • Arthur Adam, who landed in Pike County, Ind in 1904 [2]
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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 [3]
  • René Adam, son of Jean and Marie, married Anne Maillou, daughter of Michel and Jeanne, in Beaumont, Quebec on 1st May 1696 [4]
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 [4]
  • Jean-Baptiste Adam, son of Jean and Marie, married Catherine Guillet, daughter of Louis and Marie, in Batiscan, Quebec on 16th April 1708 [4]
  • Ignace Adam, son of René and Anne, married Suzanne Lacasse, daughter of Joseph and Marie-Françoise, in Beaumont, Quebec on 19th November 1720 [4]
  • Samuel Adam was a JP of Placentia, Newfoundland, in 1730 [3]
  • René Adam, son of René and Anne, married Marie-Josephte Maupas, daughter of Nicolas and Agnès, in Beaumont, Quebec on 8th November 1734 [4]
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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 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • Mr. John Adam, (b. 1829), aged 8, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Mr. James Adam, (b. 1834), aged 3, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
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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 [6]
  • 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 [7]
  • Samuel Forbes Adam (1783-1854), American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canaan, 1825, 1827-28 [7]
  • Prudence Adam, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2008 [7]
  • Robert R. Adam, American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County 3rd District; Elected 1954 [7]
  • Nathaniel E. Adam, American politician, Representative from California 43rd District, 2000 [7]
  • Karl Adam, American Republican politician, South Dakota Republican State Chair, 2008; Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 2008 [7]
  • John J. Adam (1807-1888), American politician, Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1835 [7]
  • Jane E. Adam, American politician, Representative from California 47th District, 2000 [7]
  • James Noble Adam (1842-1912), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1906-09 [7]
  • Iris Adam, American politician, Representative from California 47th District, 1996; Natural Law Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [7]
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Adam family

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  • 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 [8]

Citations

  1. ^ Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ 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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