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Where did the Scottish Achman family come from? What is the Scottish Achman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Achman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Achman family history?

Achman is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Achman family lived in Lanarkshire. But the origins of the Achman surname are still unclear. Some suggest that the name came from the Old English Aecemann, meaning "oak-man." Family lore has it that an officer commanding troops besieging Macbeth in Dunsinan Castle ordered his men to march in attack with branches of oak; the officer then became known as the "oak-man."

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The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Achman has been spelled Aikman, Akeman, Aichman, Aykman, Akman, Hekman and others.

First found in the counties of Fifeshire and Forfarshire, in Scotland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. It is said that Akeman commanded MacBeth's troops in the siege of Dunsinane Castle and ordered the attack in 1057. One family of the name Achman lived in Lanark (now part of the modern region of Strathclyde) in the early 13th century where one of the earliest records for the name Achman was of Alisaundre Akeman who swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward I in 1296.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Achman research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1682, and 1731 are included under the topic Early Achman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Achman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Achman:

Achman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Xpr Achman, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Yosh Achman, who landed in Virginia in 1653

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sub robore virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue under strength.

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The Achman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Achman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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