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INTRODUCTION

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)...

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The Old Testament Hebrew personal name Adam, usually translated as 'man/human' with a possible further meaning of 'red/fair' became a popular Christian name throughout Europe from the Middle Ages.  Elsdon Coles Smith (1956) and Eric Rosenthal (1965)  et al give the meaning as Hebrew for 'red earth'.

It also arose independently, with the same etymology, in the Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland, as MacAdam, MacAdaim and from thence to Northern Ireland. Some bearers of this surname, according to Mac Giolla Domhnaigh, were a branch of the clan MacGregor.  In Northern Ireland some bearers would also be of English and Southern Scottish Planter stock.  In Scotland in 1881 the surname was mainly found in Lanarkshire, Midlothian and Aberdeenshire.  The vast majority of Adams registrations in the 1890 Birth Index for Ireland were recorded in Ulster (62).

The Mac Conshnamha sept of North Connacht also assumed the name Adams, as did two branches of the Cambro-Norman Barry family in Rathcormac and Ballynagloch in Co Cork.

In 1881 the surname was numerous and widespread in Britain, especially Staffordshire, Lancashire, Devon and Kent. In 1891 the surname was chiefly found in these same areas, with a group recorded in Powys, Wales (Montgomeryshire).  In Devon, as early as 1861 the frequency was recorded at 1,770; and in 1891 the frequency was 1,513.  In adjacent Somerset in 1891 it was 1337.  In Kent it was 1,443. 

Some early bearers recorded are:  Juliana Adams in Huntingdonshire, 1273 (Hundred Rolls); William Adames in Worcestershire, 1327 (Subsidy Rolls); Thomas Adams in Bilsington, Kent, 1593 (IGI); Robert Adams, gent in Co Louth, Ireland, 1542 (Fiants); James Adams in Aberdeenshire, 1687.

James Adams from Norfolk, was one of 190 transported to Australia aboard the "Asia" on 1st April 1822.

 

SOURCES

1861, 1881, 1891 Census

Special Report on Surnames in Ireland, R.E. Matheson, Dublin, 1901, 1909

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, C.W.E. Bardsley, London 1872-96

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall, P. Woulfe, Dublin 1913

Some Anglicised Surnames in Ireland, Pádraig Mac Giolla-Domhnaigh, Dublin 1923

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain & Ireland, Hanks, Coates, McClure, 2016

https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822

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Adams from the USA Presidents' ancestry. My Adams came to Liverpool from Glenavy, Antrim in the 1870s. My DNA match results contain many Adams Presidents' line. I am in touch with the descendant of the cousin of my Glenavy/Lisburn Adams. He has the same DNA results. How are we connected to this Presidents' family?? Thank you.

Mike Adams

We are from ADAMS of Aghacarnan, Magheragall and neighbouring Ballynacoy, Glenavy, County Antrim, Ireland... Methodists, buried in the Tullyrusk Graveyard at Dundrod, Crumlin. We have always presumed our Adams were of Scottish Plantation origin. However, after many decades research, we are surprised to find a large number of our Adams share DNA with the US Presidential Adams family. This family originates from Henry Adams 1583-1646 of Barton St David, Somerset, England and neighbouring Gloucestershire, who we believe fled religious persecution in 1638 for Massachusetts USA. If this DNA connection is correct and given migration was one direction towards America, this would suggest other close members of Henry Adams’ family must have left Somerset for Northern Ireland, perhaps via Scotland. Surprisingly, with everyone focusing in the great Irish diaspora, there appears little on the web regarding intra-UK family migration that brought many English and Scots to Northern Ireland’s shores in the first place. Consequently, we are interested in making contact with other genealogy enthusiasts, who might have evidence of Somerset Adams ending up in County Antrim, Ireland?

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Adams story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. Many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Adams name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Adams story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Adams surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

The Adams name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Adams story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Adams surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscription

Anthony Barrett

The Adams name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Adams story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Adams surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscription

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