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MacAdams History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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MacAdams is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.

Early Origins of the MacAdams family

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

Early History of the MacAdams family

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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 MacAdams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacAdams Spelling Variations

MacAdams has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name MacAdams have been found, including Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.

Early Notables of the MacAdams family (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...
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Migration of the MacAdams family to Ireland

Some of the MacAdams family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacAdams family to the New World and Oceana

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first MacAdamss to arrive on North American shores: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name MacAdams (post 1700)

  • Roberta MacAdams (1880-1959), Canadian politician from Alberta

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