Appadhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Appadhan is from the rugged landscape of Wales. It is a Celtic name that was derived from the personal name Adam. The surname Appadhan 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.
Early Origins of the Appadhan family
The surname Appadhan was first found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales, created by the Laws in Wales Act 1536.
Early History of the Appadhan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Appadhan research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1300, 1327, 1377 and 1754 are included under the topic Early Appadhan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Appadhan Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Appadhan name over the years has been spelled Abadham, Abadam, Ab Adham, Ab Adam, Ap Adam and many more.
Early Notables of the Appadhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Appadhan family
Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Appadhan: those who migrated to North America before the 19th century and contributed to the development of a new society.
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