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

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Although the name, Adey, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Ade, Addie, Addy, Addey, Eadie, Eddie, Edie, Edey, Aidie, Aidy, Aiddye, Adie and many more.

First found in the county of Berwickshire, Scotland, where it held a family seat since before the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adey research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1634, 1708, 1675 and 1734 are included under the topic Early Adey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 139 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Adey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Adey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Adey family name Adey, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Adey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • William Adey, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1636

Adey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Adey, English convict from Birmingham, Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Daniel Francis Adey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Marianne Tibbs Adey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Thomas Spencer Adey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849
  • Eliza Adey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Anna Maria" in 1849


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The Adey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Adey 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 8 January 2015 at 12:49.

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