The generations and branches of the McAddam family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. The name McAddam comes from the given name Adam,
which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus
which means earth.
Early Origins of the McAddam family
The surname McAddam was first found in Annandale
where they held a family seat
Early History of the McAddam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAddam 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 McAddam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McAddam Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name McAddam include Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.
Early Notables of the McAddam 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 McAddam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAddam family to Ireland
Some of the McAddam 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 McAddam family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McAddam or a variant listed above: 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.