Adams Family History

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Adams Name Meaning

English (very common in England, especially in the south Midlands, and in Wales) and German (especially northwestern Germany): patronymic from the personal name Adam. In the U.S. this form has absorbed many patronymics and other derivatives of Adam in languages other than English. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988.)

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Adami, Adamson, Adam, Adame, Adamo, Abrams, Adames, Damm, Days, Aders

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Adams Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Adams name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Adams. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Adams Family Origin

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Adams Family Occupations

What did your Adams ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Adams occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Adams's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Adams. A less common occupation for the Adams family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Adams ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Adams Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2 million census records available for the last name Adams. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Adams census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 224,000 immigration records available for the last name Adams. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 490,000 military records available for the last name Adams. For the veterans among your Adams ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Adams Life Expectancy

What is the average Adams lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Adams life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Adams in 1940 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Adams ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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