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From: Bernard Morgan <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] New M222 Philogenetic Tree
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:17:57 +0000
What of the association of the surnames McAdams and Grierson?
"Adams, Adamson — MAC ADAIM. — Some families of this name are a branch-off from the McGregors of South-Westorn Scotland, who later assumed the name of Grier, etc. Scottish families of the name of Adamson settled in Cumberland, and the name in some of its anglicised forms is found in various parts of Ulster. Adam as a Christian name is pretty common in the North of Scotland, probably arising from the Irish missionary, St. Adamnan. The Mac Conshnamha sept in North Connacht have assumed the name of Adams. Adrain". From "Some Anglicised surnames in Ireland" by Padraig Mac Giolla Domhnaigh.
McAdam was the most common surname in a combined list of petitioners from the parishes of Dalry and Kells, Drumfriesshire, in 1633. So if Adam is from Mac Gilla Adamain, i.e. "servant of St Adaman", then there is another possible origin - the McGillauenan (identified with Mac Gille Adamnan) of Clan Afren.
(This may knock out any association between McGillauenan and McGillinnein (anglized finally into McLennan from the Gaelic Mac Gille Fhinnein). Though I have still no understanding why McLellan and McLennan are so interchangeable in Drumfriesshire. Maybe confusion over N and L in written texts? Yet again can these two origins (MacGrier and Clan Afren) be reconciled?)
[On the subject of MacLennan - O'Donovan says the MacLennan in Fermanagh where Cenell Conaill of the northern Ui Neill: "The MacGillafinnens, or MacLennans, were titled Lords of Loch Erne, Tairg, and Muintir Peodachain. O’Donovan comment: Muinter-Pheodachain, a well-known district in the county of Fermanagh, extending from the mouth of the Arney river to the western extremity of the Belmore mountains. The MacGillafinnens are still numerous in this territory, but they are disguised at present under the anglicised form of Leonard. Though this family is set down among the Oirghialla, they were of the Kinel Connell, and descended from the same stock as the O'Muldorrys. See Battle of Magh Bath, p. 335."]
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