Show ContentsAdsit History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Adsit family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in an elevated region such as the head of a valley or stream.

Early Origins of the Adsit family

The surname Adsit was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 14th century when they were traced predominantly to the Prestbury area of the shire.

Early History of the Adsit family

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Adsit Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Adsit include Adshead, Adsett, Atshead, Attshead, Adshed and others.

Early Notables of the Adsit family (pre 1700)

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United States Adsit migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Adsit or a variant listed above:

Adsit Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Adsit, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1716 [1]
Adsit Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. F. E. Adsit, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1896
Adsit Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Charles Adsit, who immigrated to America, in 1903
  • Ansel Adsit, aged 64, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Dr. Henry Adsit, aged 26, who settled in America, in 1906
  • Mrs. Henry Adsit, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Susan Adsit, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1907
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Contemporary Notables of the name Adsit (post 1700) +

  • Scott Adsit (b. 1965), American actor, writer and improvisational comedian, best known for his co-starring as Pete Hornberger in the NBC comedy 30 Rock
  • Ohlin H. Adsit (1855-1909), American broker and politician, Mayor of Juneau, Alaska from 1902 to 1904
  • Glen Adsit, contemporary American conductor and music educator from Michigan
  • Charles H. Adsit (1915-1980), American politician, Village President of Catskill, New York, 1956 [2]
  • Bert Wilson Adsit (b. 1877), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1928 [2]
  • Allen Clark Adsit (1837-1912), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Ottawa County 2nd District, 1871-72; Candidate for justice of Michigan State Supreme Court, 1901, 1904 [2]

  1. 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)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook