from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Addams, Charles Samuel 1912-1988. American cartoonist known for the macabre humor and Gothic settings of his cartoons, many of which first appeared in the New Yorker.
- Addams, Jane 1860-1935. American social reformer and pacifist who founded Hull House (1889), a care and education center for the poor of Chicago, and worked for peace and many social reforms. She shared the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize.
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- proper n. A patronymic surname.
From Adam + the patronymic suffix -s. A rare spelling variant of Adams. (Wiktionary)