Adya History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Adya family
The surname Adya was first found in the county of Berwickshire, Scotland, where "Ade Rede, William Ade of Inverkeithin rendered homage [to King Edward I] in 1296." 
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. " 
Early History of the Adya family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adya research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1500, 1634, 1708, 1675, 1734, 1685, 1685, 1622 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Adya History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Adya Spelling Variations
The name Adya, 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 Adya 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.
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Migration of the Adya family to Ireland
Some of the Adya family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Adya family
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 Adya family, or who bore a variation of the surname Adya were William Addy who was fined in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1635 for working on a Sunday; John Ade, his wife, two sons and two daughters, settled in America in 1709.
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- ^ 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)
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print