Last name: Adam

This noble and distinguished surname is of pre-medieval origins. It derives from the Hebrew word "adama", meaning "earth", and as such is believed to the source from which God created man as recorded in the Old Testament section of the Bible. The surname can be English, Scottish, Irish, Polish, French, Catalan, Greek, Italian, German, Flemish, Dutch, Russian, Croatian, Hungarian, and was also given to 18th century Jews. It is recorded in over seventy spellings. These include such forms as Adami, Adamo, Adamsson, Adamsen, Dami, Adamski, Adamsky, Adnett, Adekins, Ade, Aitken, Aitkin, Atcock, Adamini, Adanet, Adamik, Adamcek, Adamcyzk, Adamec, Acheson, Adamovic, Hadkins, McAddie, Keddie, Kiddy, and many others. The baptismal name was always popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages amongst the non- Jews, and is first recorded in England in the famous Domesday Book of 1086. Other very early recordings include Adam, the sub-prior of Melrose Abbey, Scotland, who became abbot of Cupar, Fifeshire, in 1189, whilst Alianor Adam, was recorded in the 1281 Assize Rolls of the English county of Cheshire. Surnames derived from given names are the oldest and most pervasive surname type, and in religious naming traditions, names were bestowed in honour of saints and biblical figures. Some bearers of the surname in Britain descend from French Huguenot refugees who fled religious persecution in their own country. An example is Jean Adam, a witness at the French Huguenot Church, Threadneedle Street, London, on February 14th 1731. The first recording of the family name anywhere in the world is believed to be that to be that of German Adam, and dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Cambridgeshire, England, during the reign of King Edward 1st, 1273 - 1307.

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Robert
The important thing to remember folks, is that as ADAM'S we are the first. Though not always on time, ha ha. Best wishes to all.

Ron Adam
The Surname Adam as opposed to the primarily British origin of Adams has spread all over Europe and eventually made its way to North America. My own line is from the little village of Ste Genevieve-en-caux - Beauval-en-caux area of Normandy-France near Rouen. The earliest Parish records I've located their for an Adam is in 1597-1598. My Ancestor Guillaume Adam was born in Ste Genevieve-en-caux between 1662-1674. His Baptism shows 1674. Guillaume eventually left France by boat for Quebec, Canada when Quebec was still very young. Guillaume Adam dit Laramée apparently was the first and perhaps the only one of his family to come from Ste Genevieve-en-caux to New France or Quebec as it is now known. I have now documented 14 Canadian Adam generations.

Alistair Adams
There is not necessarily an ancestral distinction between ADAM and ADAMS. Mine were all ADAM until around 1840, when they all suddenly became ADAMS, no matter where they were living.

Vidal
I cant find nothing about where my grandpa came from Andres Adam all I know he was born in 1906 in Bexar county Texas my dad already past away and my older aunts and uncles don't want to say.

Jim Adam
Hello all, I am Jim Adam, living in Ontario, Canada. I am from an Irish family. I am not exactly sure where abouts they came from, I am currently trying to find that out.

Guinevere Adam
All I know is that my Mum has Irish origins and my Dad has Scottish origins .

Victoria Adam
I don't know too much about my family history because my dad was adopted then his name was changed to this, but I have noticed it's fairly rare in the United States, and that people often put the s at the end of your name anyways even though you tell them no s

Michael Adam Jr.
I'm Mike Adam from Sarnia, people say I'm a little Sh*t because of my size, I claim to be from Aberdeen cos my old man was from there, but I'm not really Scottish, I put it on a lot, real Scots see right through the accent. our family before my dad was from England but I hate the English and don't want to be associated with them, far too smart for my liking. Especially the English ones with more Scottish history than me.

Andres Adam
The text is quite accurate describing the origins of the surname. I am a jew born in Argentina and my grandparents were Polish.

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