name of old Celtic origin. The surname is from the
but the prefixes have been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apadam research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1300, 1327, 1377 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Apadam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Apadam have included Abadham, Abadam, Ab Adham, Ab Adam, Ap Adam and many more.
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Apadam: those who migrated to North America before the 19th century and contributed to the development of a new society.