Apadams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Apadams is an ancient Celtic name that was created in the rugged landscape Wales. Apadams was originally taken from the personal name Adam. The surname Apadams features the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefixes ab- and ap-. The original form of the name was ab-Adam or ap-Adam, but the prefixes have been assimilated into the surname over the course of time and the overall spelling has sometimes been extensively altered. [1]

Early Origins of the Apadams family

The surname Apadams was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales, created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536.

Early records of the name mention Thomas Apbadham of County Somerset, who was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). [2] Hoel ab Adam of the County of Shropshire was recorded in the year 1255. [3]

Early History of the Apadams family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Apadams research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1300, 1754, 1597, 1630 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Apadams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Apadams Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Apadams has occasionally been spelled Abadham, Abadam, Ab Adham, Ab Adam, Ap Adam and many more.

Early Notables of the Apadams family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Apadams family

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Apadams: those who migrated to North America before the 19th century and contributed to the development of a new society.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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