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It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Addams was formed. The name was derived from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.
The surname Addams was first found in Annandale where they held a family seat at Kynemund.
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Addams include Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Addams research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1329, 1460, 1281, 1327, 1891, 1585, 1661, 1656, 1586, 1667, 1654, 1655, 1656, 1658, 1626, 1698, 1651, 1719, 1685, 1719, 1695, 1697, 1689, 1748, 1662, 1720, 1712, 1720 and are included under the topic Early Addams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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...
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Addams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the Addams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Addams were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Addams Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Addams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Addams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Addams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Addams 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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