The McCadam surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the given name Adam,
which is itself derived from the Latin name Adamus
which means earth.
Early Origins of the McCadam family
The surname McCadam was first found in Annandale
where they held a family seat
Early History of the McCadam family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCadam 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 McCadam History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McCadam Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like McCadam are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name McCadam include: Adam, Adams, MacAdam, MacAdams, MacCaw and others.
Early Notables of the McCadam 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 McCadam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McCadam family to Ireland
Some of the McCadam 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 McCadam family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McCadam 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.