I do not know anything about the origin of the ADAMS name, but am interested in the arrival and whereabouts of your ADAMS in So Carolina. My ADAMSES were supposed to have been in SC then to VA. My ancestor John b ca 1802 VA. Where did your ADAMS settle in SC ? Oh, I have also read that ADAMS was a popular name to use if you wanted to change your identity, and that it means "red". I also know that the Norsemen and anyone else with a boat seemed to have invaded Ireland, or so it seems. My ADAMSES were rather dark in complection,and the features seemed to have held on down throught the ages. We have a picture taken in the mid 1800s and my Dad looks rather like them...also an ADAMS in TN looks rather like my Dad, so much so, that I'm looking into that family too.