The name Kams is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived on the bank of a river or stream named the of Cam.
The surname Kams is topographic
in nature, the type of surname that was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a river or stream. The surname also refers to the camb,
which is the crest of a hill or a dike.
Early Origins of the Kams family
The surname Kams was first found in Gloucestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kams research.Another 570 words (41 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1162, 1184, 1205, 1214, 1221, 1275, 1320, 1326, 1500, 1633, 1716, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Kams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kams Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Kams are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Kams include: Cam, Camm, Camme, Caham, Cahm, Cahme and others.
Early Notables of the Kams family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kams family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kams or a variant listed above: Thomas Cam who arrived in Maine in 1605.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kams (post 1700)
- Gert Kams (b. 1985), Estonian professional footballer