The McAddams family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from the given name Adam,
which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus
which means earth.
Early Origins of the McAddams family
The surname McAddams was first found in Annandale
where they held a family seat
Early History of the McAddams family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAddams 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 McAddams History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McAddams Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of McAddams include Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.
Early Notables of the McAddams 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 McAddams Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McAddams family to Ireland
Some of the McAddams 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 McAddams family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The McAddams were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.