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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Ann Addams, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1624
  • Robert Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1624
  • Geo Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Addams, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
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Addams Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abigail Addams, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • William Addams, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Addams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Addams, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845
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  • William Addams (1777-1858), American Democrat politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives, 1822-24; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1825-29; Defeated, 1828
  • John Huy Addams (1822-1881), American Republican politician, Member of Illinois State Senate, 1855-61, 1863-71; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1868
  • C. E. Addams, American Democrat politician, Arizona Democratic State Chair, 1931
  • Jane Addams (1860-1935), American sociologist
  • William Addams (1777-1858), American politician, U.S. representative from Pennsylvania
  • Dawn Addams (1930-1985), English actress
  • Charles Addams (1912-1988), American cartoonist, author of "The Addams Family"
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