Adnam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Adnam family name dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name comes from when an early member worked as a soldier. The surname Adnam literally means noble protector. The name was derived from the Old English adel helm which literally means "eagle shield." [1]

Another source claims the name was "from adel, meaning fine, noble, and ham, meaning a village or castle. " [2]

Early Origins of the Adnam family

The surname Adnam was first found in the county of Somerset in south western England where, it is said the family had been settled centuries before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Adnam family

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Adnam Spelling Variations

Adnam has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Adnam have been found, including Headlam, Adhelm, Eadhelm, Adelhelm, Addlam, Adlum, Adlam and many more.

Early Notables of the Adnam family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Captain W. Adlam, who fought with the "Roundheads" (Parliamentarians) during the English Civil War of the 17th century; and Captain S. Adlam, who fought in the French wars in Canada. Richard Edlin or...
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Ireland Migration of the Adnam family to Ireland

Some of the Adnam 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 Adnam migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Adnams to arrive on North American shores:

Adnam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ambrose Adnam, aged 30, originally from Ringwood, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Annie Adnam, aged 21, originally from Ringwood, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [4]
  • Frank Adnam, aged 3, originally from Ringwood, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Saint Louis" from Southampton, England [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adnam (post 1700) +

  • Kyle Adnam (b. 1993), Australian professional basketball player for Melbourne United




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