- This most interesting surname is a patronymic (i.e. son of) from "Addy", a pet form of Adam, hence the name means the "son of Addy (Adam)". Adam, itself widespread in England and the Continent, derives from the Hebrew personal name "Adam", which was borne, according to Genesis, by the first man. It is said to be of uncertain etymology, but may come from the Hebrew word "adama", earth, and was very popular as a personal name throughout Europe during the Middle Ages. The surname itself dates from the early 14th Century (see below), and one Robert Addeson appeared in 1498, in the Register of the Guild of the Corpus Christi in the City of York. On February 16th 1623, one Thomas Addison was recorded as living in Elizabeth Cittie, Virginia, being one of the earliest settlers in the New World. Matthew Addison, aged 17 yrs., arrived in September 1635, at St. Christophers in the Barbados, having sailed from London on the "William and John". One Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), distinguished as an essayist, poet and statesman, formed friendships with both Jonathan Swift and Sir Richard Steel as well as many other writers of this era. He worked as secretary to Wharton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in 1709. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Addisone, which was dated 1308, in the "Calendar of the Patent Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. 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.
Surnames reference. 2013.
Look at other dictionaries:
Caroline Adderson — (born September 9, 1963) is a Canadian novelist and short story writer. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, she studied at the University of British Columbia, receiving a degree in education in 1982. Her first short story collection, Bad Imaginings (1993) … Wikipedia
King's Lynn railway station — Infobox UK station name = King s Lynn code = KLN caption = The station building from the outside manager = First Capital Connect locale = King s Lynn borough = King s Lynn and West Norfolk usage0405 = 0.642 usage0506 = 0.622 usage0607 = 0.657… … Wikipedia
Melton Constable railway station — Melton Constable Location Place Melton Constable Area … Wikipedia
Railway stations in Cromer — The fishing port and holiday resort of Cromer in the English county of Norfolk has had a rail service since 1877. It was served by three railway stations for many years, and is now served by two. Cromer Beach station, which opened in 1887, was… … Wikipedia
Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway — M GNJR device The Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, (M GN) was a joint railway owned by the Midland Railway (MR) and the Great Northern Railway (GNR) in eastern England, affectionately known as the Muddle and Get Nowhere to generations of … Wikipedia
Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize — The Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, established in 1985 as one of the BC Book Prizes, is awarded annually to the best work of fiction by a resident of British Columbia, Canada.The award is named after novelist and short story writer Ethel Wilson,… … Wikipedia
Newtown Halt railway station — Newtown Halt Location Place Great Yarmouth Area Great Yarmouth Grid reference … Wikipedia
Marian Engel Award — Awarded for body of work by a female Canadian writer Presented by Writers Trust of Canada Country Canada First awarded 1986 2007 The Marian Engel Award was a Canadian lite … Wikipedia
The Outsiders (novel) — The Outsiders … Wikipedia
Ambrose Bierce — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Ambrose Bierce (por J. H. E. Partington, fecha desconocida) Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (Ohio, Estados Unidos, 24 de junio de 1842 – ¿1914?) fue un escritor, periodista y editor … Wikipedia Español