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ADAMS Surname Meaning & Origin:

From the Hebrew personal name Adam which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man. Uncertain entymology. Possibly from the Hebrew word adama meaning "earth", connecting to the Greek legend that Zeus fashioned the first human beings from earth.

The "s" ending generally indicates a patronymic surname, meaning "son of Adam."

Adams is the 39th most popular surname in the United States and the 69th most common surname in England.

Surname Origin:

English, Hebrew

Alternate Surname Spellings:

ADAM, ADDAMS, MCADAMS, ADAMSON (Scottish), ADIE (Scottish), ADAMI (Italian), ADAMINI (Italian), ADCOCKS (English)

Famous People with the Surname ADAMS:

Genealogy Resources for the Surname BROWN:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

Massachusetts Historical Society: The Adams Family Papers
Genealogies, images of manuscripts and digital transcriptions from the Adams Family Papers, one of the most important collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

ADAMS Surname Y-DNA Project
The Adams Surname DNA Project and this web site have been founded as a place for Adams researchers to use the Y-DNA testing, now available to answer some questions about our ancestry. This is open to any person related to the surnames Adams, Adam or other possible variations.

Adams Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Adams surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Brown query. There is also a separate forum for the ADAM variation of the Adams surname.

FamilySearch - ADAMS Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Adams surname and its variations.

ADAMS Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Adams surname.

Cousin Connect - ADAMS Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Adams, and sign up for free notification when new Adams queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - ADAMS Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Adams.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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