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Early Origins of the Addy family

The surname Addy was first found in the county of Berwickshire, Scotland, where "Ade Rede, William Ade of Inverkeithin rendered homage [to King Edward I] in 1296." [1]

Eddi, Aedde, or Eddius (fl. 669), was an English "biographer, who assumed the name of Stephanus probably on taking orders, was brought into Northumbria by Bishop Wilfrith or Wilfrid when he returned from Canterbury in 669. " [2]

Early History of the Addy family

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Addy Spelling Variations

The name Addy, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Ade, Addie, Addy, Addey, Eadie, Eddie, Edie, Edey, Aidie, Aidy, Aiddye, Adie and many more.

Early Notables of the Addy family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was William Ade; and John Etty of York (c. 1634-1708), an English architect and craftsman; and his son, William Etty (c. 1675-1734), an English architect and craftsman, best known for designing Holy Trinity Church, Leeds and probably Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland. William Addy (fl. 1685) was a writing-master based in London, and the author of a system of shorthand published in 1685. Many Addies made important contributions in Scottish and northern English life. For more details see Zetland Family Histories by F. I. Grant, and the Adies of Smiddiegreen by W. MacFarlane. John Attey...
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Addy Ranking

In the United States, the name Addy is the 13,123rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Addy family to Ireland

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

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Addy family, or who bore a variation of the surname Addy were

Addy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Webb Addy, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1632 [4]
  • William Addy who was fined in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1635 for working on a Sunday
Addy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Solomon Addy, who arrived in South Carolina in 1747 [4]
  • James Addy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753 [4]
Addy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Addy, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 [4]
  • Thomas Addy, aged 42, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 [4]
  • Winpris Addy, aged 39, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 [4]
  • Thomas Addy, aged 49, who arrived in New York in 1812 [4]
  • George Addy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1858 [4]

Canada Addy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Addy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jane Addy, aged 25, a widow, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Bessy Addy, aged 14, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Rebecca" from Liverpool, England
  • Mr. Francis Addy, aged 1 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [5]

Australia Addy migration to Australia +

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

Addy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Addy (post 1700) +

  • Mark Addy AM (1838-1890), English publican and champion oarsman, who was awarded the Albert Medal for the rescue of over 50 people from the highly polluted River Irwell
  • Robert Edward "Bob" Addy (1845-1910), nicknamed "The Magnet," an American right fielder and second baseman in Major League Baseball
  • Wesley Addy (1913-1996), American stage, television, and film actor
  • Kelly Addy, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1996 [7]
  • Edward J. Addy, American politician, American Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 28th District, 1938 [7]
  • Donald J. Addy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 74th District, 1964 [7]
  • Michael Addy (b. 1943), English former professional footballer
  • Ebby Nelson- Addy (b. 1992), English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Hartlepool United
  • Sidney Oldall Addy (b. 1848), English author of books on folklore and history
  • Danny Addy, English professional rugby league player for the Bradford Bulls
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. 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)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook