Last name: Adams

This interesting surname is a patronymic of Adam, which is of English origin, and is from the Hebrew personal name "Adam", which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man. The name is of uncertain etymology; however, it is often said to be from the Hebrew "adama", earth. It was very popular as a given name among non-Jews throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The personal name was first recorded in England with one "Adam Warenarius " in Lincolnshire in 1146 - 1153. The surname development since 1281 (see below) includes the following: John Adamsone (1296, Scotland), William Adames (1327, Worcestershire) and Richard Adamessone (circa 1400, Norfolk). The second president of the United States, John Adams (1735 - 1826), and his son John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848), who became the sixth president, were descended from Henry Adams, a yeoman farmer who had emigrated from Barton St. David, Somerset, to Massachusetts (United States of America) in 1640. Among the recordings in London is the marriage of Robert Adams and Jane Stanton on September 25th 1573 at St. Dunstan's, Stepney. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Alianor Adam, which was dated 1281, witness in the "Assize Rolls of Cheshire", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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C Adams
It is also Gaelic, Scottish and Irish as well from what I've heard

susan adams
I believe Adams is of Celtic origin


My third great grandfather Benjamin Adams left Oxfordshire, 1842 and came to the US. Does any body know what would be the best way to try and connect with other Adams in the UK that might have a family tree with him in it?

Julie G.(Adams)

What country?Did the last name Adams originate?

Hunter Adams

the name originates from the early anglo Saxons it is old english

Antonique Adams
I honestly don't know about my family history but I'd love to meet my relative i'm from Jamaica..

Tommy eldon adams
Having a grandson would like to till him about me

Linda Adams Perkins
My Adams ancestors were in Southwell, England in the 1800, 1700 and 1600 and maybe back farther. They were weaver's who lost jobs when the industrial revolution happened. My gggreatgrandfather, Robert, migrated to America. From my research it appears he was the only one from his line that migrated. He settled in Wilkinson County, GA before moving to Crawford County, GA where he and his wife, Sydney Hume Manderson, daughter of John Hume Manderson, lived out their lives and are buried in Crawford County. Robert had several siblings, Elizabeth, who moved to London and lived on Carnaby St. I can't remember the names of other siblings at this moment but I do have them. If anyone sees this and has information I would greatly appreciate the information I will be happy to share my info. I would also enjoy hearing from anyone researching the Manderson families from Dunbar, Scotland. I have Jeans/Jeanes/Janes in my line. Holland's, Ryle, Collins, Lavender. I am also looking into William Henderson Perkins who had multiple wives, Young from Alabama, Pope from Georgia and possibly another wife. He lived in several places in GA but mostly in a small town, Empire, GA. He had two groups of children. One of the fist group was named Buel or Buell. The second group included John, Auther, Oather, Wallene, Ellen and Ralph. Please, if you have any information I would be so appreciative a d am very willing to share, too.

what is it in irish

Jamie Adams
Hm, still want to do a DNA test though

Gary W. Adams
I am researching my Adams line. I get back to late 1700's when my 4th Greatgrandfather was married in Paisley Scotland. I recently had DNA done ( which shows 70% Great Britain, 8% Finnish/Western Russia, and 6% Scandinavian. My 3rd Greatgrandfather was actually born in Ireland and came to the US in 1821. He settled in Licking County, OH. I am looking to find more information regarding Adams in Scotland. Feel free to send me an email at if you would like to discuss/converse.

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