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Where did the English Addams family come from? What is the English Addams family crest and coat of arms? When did the Addams family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Addams family history?

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.


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.

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


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.


Another 191 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Addams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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

  • Ann Addams, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Geo Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Thomas Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Richard Addams, who landed in Virginia in 1643

Addams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abigail Addams, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Addams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Addams, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845


  • Jane Addams (1860-1935), American sociologist
  • Charles Addams (1912-1988), American cartoonist, author of "The Addams Family"
  • Dawn Addams (1930-1985), English actress
  • William Addams (1777-1858), American politician, U.S. representative from Pennsylvania


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  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 12 November 2013 at 16:01.

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