Home   |   Customer Service   |   Site Map   |   Name Search   |   How To Buy

Shopping Cart
0 Items
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2015

Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the English McAdams family come from? What is the English McAdams family crest and coat of arms? When did the McAdams family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McAdams family history?

The history of the name McAdams begins with 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.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. McAdams has been recorded under many different variations, including Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.

First found in Annandale where they held a family seat at Kynemund.


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


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


Some of the McAdams 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.


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McAdams or a variant listed above:

McAdams Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George McAdams, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803-1827
  • Robert McAdams, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • William McAdams, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Samuel McAdams, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • John McAdams, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853

McAdams Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alex McAdams, aged 14, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1901
  • George McAdams, aged 39, who landed in America from Aberdeen, in 1906
  • George McAdams, aged 26, who settled in America from Sligo, in 1906
  • Bridget McAdams, aged 40, who settled in America from Leitrim, Ireland, in 1907
  • Edward McAdams, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1908

McAdams Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Catherine McAdams, aged 77, who emigrated to Sarnia, Canada, in 1921
  • James McAdams, aged 21, who settled in Halifax, Canada, in 1921


  • Scott McAdams (b. 1970), American politician, Mayor of Sitka, Alaska and Democratic nominee for United States Senator from Alaska in 2010
  • Carl McAdams (b. 1944), American professional football player who played for the New York Jets (1967-1969)
  • Janet McAdams, American author of partial Native American descent, recipient of the American Book Award in 2001
  • Francis H. McAdams (1915-1985), American member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
  • Dona Ann McAdams (b. 1954), American photographer
  • Ben McAdams (b. 1974), American politician, Member of the Utah Senate (2009-2013), Mayor of Salt Lake County (2013-)
  • Rachel McAdams (b. 1978), Canadian Gemini Award winning and BAFTA Award nominated actress
  • Billy McAdams (1939-2002), Northern-Irish footballer


Most Popular Family Crest Products
McAdams Armorial History With Coat of ArmsMcAdams Armorial History With Coat of Arms
McAdams Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageMcAdams Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
McAdams Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesMcAdams Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
McAdams Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainMcAdams Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
McAdams Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugMcAdams Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
McAdams Armorial History with FrameMcAdams Armorial History with Frame
McAdams Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsMcAdams Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms



  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  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. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The McAdams Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McAdams 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 18 November 2015 at 09:14.

Sign Up

FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more