Show ContentsMcAdoo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McAdoo is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the settlement of Concliff in the county of Lancashire. The surname McAdoo belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The name in Anglo Saxon meant "War love."

Early Origins of the McAdoo family

The surname McAdoo was first found in Lancashire where Nicholas le Cumbecliue was first listed in the Assize Rolls of Lancashire in 1246. 1 The name traces back to Cundcliff, now known as Cunliffe Hill, in the township of Billington, near Blackburn in Lancashire. 2 The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 - 1276 list Robert de Cundeclif in Yorkshire. 1 2

A few years later Adam de Cunliffe was listed in Yorkshire 1317-1318. 2 The Register of Freemen of the City of York in 1411 lists Thomas Cunclyff. 1

Early History of the McAdoo family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAdoo research. Another 284 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1611, 1750, 1790, 1820 and 1871 are included under the topic Early McAdoo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McAdoo Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the McAdoo family name include Cunliffe, Cuncliffe, Concliffe, Conliffe, Cunlife, Conlife, Cunliff, Conliff and many more.

Early Notables of the McAdoo family

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McAdoo Ranking

In the United States, the name McAdoo is the 6,797th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 3

United States McAdoo migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the McAdoo surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

McAdoo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary McAdoo, who arrived in New York in 1805 at the age of 16
  • John McAdoo, aged 50, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 4
  • Robert McAdoo, aged 14, who arrived in New York, NY in 1805 4
  • Mary McAdoo, aged 42, who landed in New York, NY in 1805 4
  • James McAdoo, who landed in New York in 1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McAdoo (post 1700) +

  • Dudley "Tullie" McAdoo (1884-1987), American baseball first baseman in the Negro Leagues
  • Michael McAdoo (b. 1990), American NFL football linebacker
  • Ben McAdoo, American quarterback coach for the Green Bay Packers
  • William McAdoo (1853-1930), American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district, New York City Police Commissioner (1904 to 1905)
  • James Michael Ray McAdoo (b. 1993), American college basketball player at the University of North Carolina
  • Robert Allen "Bob" McAdoo (b. 1951), American professional NBA basketball player
  • William Gibbs McAdoo (1863-1941), American lawyer, Secretary of the Treasury in 1913
  • Walter V. McAdoo Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1960 5
  • W. A. McAdoo, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 5
  • Matt McAdoo, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 31st District, 2006 5
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The McAdoo Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fideliter
Motto Translation: Faithfully.

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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook