Adams (surname)

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Region of origin England, Scotland and Israel
Meaning "Son of Adam"
Other names
Variant(s) MacAdam (in Scotland and Ireland)
Footnotes: [1][2]

Adams is a common surname of English, Scottish and Jewish origin, meaning "son of Adam".[2]

People with the surname Adams[edit]

Politics and law[edit]


Literature and journalism[edit]

  • Bristow Adams (1875–1957), American journalist, forester, professor, illustrator
  • Brooks Adams (1848–1927), American historian and a critic of capitalism
  • Cecil Adams, pseudonym of author(s) of a syndicated question-and-answer column, The Straight Dope
  • Douglas Adams (1952–2001), British comic radio dramatist and writer, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series
  • Eddie Adams (1933–2004), American photojournalist
  • Francis Adams (writer) (1862–1893), Australian essayist, poet, dramatist, novelist and journalist
  • Franklin Pierce Adams (1881–1960), American columnist (under the pen name F.P.A.), writer, and wit
  • Hannah Adams (1755–1831), American historian and theologian
  • Harriet Adams (1892–1982), American novelist and publisher
  • Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918), American historian, journalist, and novelist
  • Matthew Adams (died 1753), American writer
  • Phillip Adams (born 1939), Australian broadcaster, columnist
  • Poppy Adams, British television director/producer and novelist
  • Richard Adams (1920–2016), British novelist, author of Watership Down and The Plague Dogs
  • R.J.Q. Adams (born 1943), American historian and professor
  • Roy Adams (born 1940), Canadian author, newspaper columnist, human rights activist, and academic
  • Samuel Hopkins Adams (1871–1958), American journalist and short story writer


Art and photography[edit]

Drama and television[edit]


Science, medicine, and engineering[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Celtic Surname Maps – origins". Retrieved 11 November 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Last name: Adams", Surname Database, Name Origin Research, archived from the original on 12 August 2010, retrieved 31 August 2011, This interesting surname is a patronymic of Adam.... 
  3. ^ Honor For E. D. Adams: Engineers to Award the John Fritz Medal for Niagara Development. (1926, March 17). The New York Times (1857–Current file), 6. ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The New York Times (1851–2004) database. (Document ID: 119063396).