Attamsum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Attamsum family
The surname Attamsum was first found in Norfolk where it is thought that the first record of the name was Richard Adamessone who was listed there in the 13th century. 
Early History of the Attamsum family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Attamsum research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1261, 1296, 1587, 1433, 1581 and 1639 are included under the topic Early Attamsum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Attamsum Spelling Variations
During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Attamsum occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Adamsone, Addamson, Adamson and others.
Early Notables of the Attamsum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Attamsum family to Ireland
Some of the Attamsum family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 60 words (4 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 Attamsum family
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Attamsum, or a spelling variation of the surname include: Thomas Adamson who settled in Galveston Texas in 1872; George Adamson settled in Virginia in 1679; John Adamson settled in Barbados in 1678.
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The Attamsum Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Crux mihi grata quies
Motto Translation: The Cross gives me welcome rest.
- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)