The name MacAddam was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the given name Adam,
which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus
which means earth.
Early Origins of the MacAddam family
The surname MacAddam was first found in Annandale
where they held a family seat
Early History of the MacAddam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAddam 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 MacAddam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacAddam Spelling Variations
MacAddam 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 MacAddam have been found, including Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.
Early Notables of the MacAddam 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... Another 57 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacAddam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacAddam family to Ireland
Some of the MacAddam 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.
Migration of the MacAddam 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 MacAddams 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.