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Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish


The name McAdam has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the given name Adam, which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus which means earth.

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

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname McAdam include Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAdam 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 McAdam History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 191 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McAdam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McAdam 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.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McAdam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Archibald McAdam, who landed in New England in 1685
  • George McAdam, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

McAdam Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Joseph McAdam, who landed in Virginia in 1769
  • William McAdam, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1774

McAdam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Elizth McAdam, who landed in America in 1804
  • Elijah McAdam, who arrived in America in 1805
  • John McAdam, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • James G McAdam, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Peter McAdam, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


McAdam Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James McAdam, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast

McAdam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Sarah McAdam, aged 30, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • David McAdam, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
  • Henry McAdam (aged 31), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aurora"

McAdam Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James McAdam, aged 47, a ploughman, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Eleanor McAdam, aged 39, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Margaret McAdam, aged 17, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Jane McAdam, aged 13, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Mary McAdam, aged 9, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875


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  • Heather McAdam (b. 1968), American Young Artist Award nominated actress and yoga instructor
  • Doug McAdam, American Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003
  • Sean McAdam, American baseball writer for FoxSports.com, CSNNE.com, and the Boston Herald
  • William McAdam, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1880 (alternate), 1884
  • Lon J. McAdam, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Niagara County 1st District, 1934, 1935
  • James McAdam, American politician, Mayor of Cadillac, Michigan, 1887-88
  • James McAdam, American politician, U.S. Consul in Belfast, 1854
  • George H. McAdam, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 15th District, 1887
  • George G. McAdam, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1888-89
  • Clarence McAdam, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1902

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  • Isaac Towell & his Family by Roy H. Towell.
  • My Findings by Lillian Vesta Brown Johnson.
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The McAdam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAdam 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.

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