Adin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Adin name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the region of Eden in Durham. The surname Adin is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Adin family

The surname Adin was first found in Suffolk. Hellaby Hall in Stainton, in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient mansion on the property of Sir R. J. Eden, but is now a farmhouse. [1]

Some of the family have recently branched to Windleston in Durham. "It comprises by computation 1250 acres, and has been long the property of the Eden family, of whom Sir Robert Johnson Eden, Bart., rebuilt Windleston Hall about twenty years since [(1860s.)] " [1]

West Auckland in Durham also had some early records of the family. "The place gives the title of Baron to the family of Eden, who formerly resided here: the estates now belong to Sir R. J. Eden, Bart." [1]

Early History of the Adin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adin research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1521, 1576, 1521, 1535, 1544, 1544, 1546 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Adin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adin Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Adin were recorded, including Eden, Edin, Edden, Edens and others.

Early Notables of the Adin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Eden (1521?-1576), English translator, born in Herefordshire about 1521, and studied at Queens' College, Cambridge, 1535-1544, under Sir Thomas Smith; he held...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Adin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Adin family to Ireland

Some of the Adin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Adin migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Adin family emigrate to North America:

Adin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Joan ADin, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
Adin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert ADin, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adin (post 1700) +

  • Adin Steckler, American child actress, known for My Dad's a Soccer Mom (2014), Cordon (2015) and Faked Out (2013)
  • Adin Thayer (1816-1890), New York politician
  • Adin Ballou Capron (1841-1911), American politician, U.S. Representative from Rhode Island
  • Adin Ballou (1803-1890), founder of Hopedale, Massachusetts, a prominent supporter of pacifism, socialism and abolitionism
  • Adin Ballou Capron (1841-1911), American Republican politician, Member of Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1887-92; Speaker of the Rhode Island State House of Representatives, 1891-93 [3]
  • Adin O. Mowry, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Sterling, 1918, 1926 [4]


The Adin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Si sit prudentia
Motto Translation: If there be prudence.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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