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MacAdam is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.

MacAdam Early Origins



The surname MacAdam was first found in Annandale where they held a family seat at Kynemund.

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MacAdam Spelling Variations


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MacAdam Spelling Variations



Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name MacAdam has undergone many spelling variations, including Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.

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MacAdam Early History


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MacAdam Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAdam research. Another 371 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1329, 1460, 1281, 1327, 1891, 1585, 1661, 1656, 1586, 1667, 1654, 1655, 1656, 1658, 1626, 1698, 1651, 1719, 1685, 1719, 1695, 1697, 1689, 1748, 1662, 1720, 1712, 1720 and are included under the topic Early MacAdam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAdam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacAdam Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst bearers of this family name during their early history was William Adams (1585-1661), London Haberdasher born in Newport, Shropshire, who founded Adams' Grammar School in 1656; Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet (1586-1667), Lord Mayor of the City of London and a Member of Parliament for the City of London...

Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAdam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAdam In Ireland


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MacAdam In Ireland



Some of the MacAdam family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacAdam were among those contributors: Andrew Adams, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Dorothe Adams, who arrived in New England in 1635; Eede Adams, who came to Virginia in 1638; Christopher Adams, who came to Massachusetts in 1644.

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAdam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacAdam (post 1700)



  • Dr. David Lewis MacAdam (1910-1998), American physicist and color scientist who identified the MacAdam ellipse
  • J. E. L. MacAdam, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956
  • David L. MacAdam, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1964, 1974
  • David H. MacAdam, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Honolulu, Hawaii, 1917-26
  • Dr. John Macadam (1827-1865), Scottish-born, Australian chemist, medical teacher and politician, eponym of the genus Macadamia and Macadam
  • Reginald Alan MacAdam (b. 1952), Canadian retired professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1973 to 1985
  • Sir Ivison Stevenson Macadam KCVO, CBE, FRSE (1894-1974), Scottish first Director-General of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), founding President of the National Union of Students
  • Kevin MacAdam (b. 1967), Canadian former politician and current political advisor

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    11. ...

    The MacAdam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacAdam Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 4 November 2016 at 09:33.

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