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Where did the Scottish Akens family come from? What is the Scottish Akens family crest and coat of arms? When did the Akens family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Akens family history?The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Akens. The Akens family lived in Lanarkshire.
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Akens has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akens research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, and 1520 are included under the topic Early Akens History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Akens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Akens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 379 words(27 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Ann and Daniel Aiken who settled in New York State in 1811; David, Henry and Hugh Aiken settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1868 and 1880; John Aikens settled in New Orleans La. in 1821.
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: Robore et vigilantia
Motto Translation: Strength and vigilance.
The Akens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Akens 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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