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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Scottish

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

The name Alken has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Alken have been found, including Alcorn, Alcorne, Aldcorn, Aldcorne, Allcorn, Allcorne, Alchorn, Alchorne, Auldcorn, Auldcorne, Elcorn, Elcorne, Elchorne, Euldcorn, Euldchorne, Haldcorn, Halcorn and many more.

First found in the county of Sussex, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest of 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alken research. Another 286 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1476, 1541, 1591, and 1687 are included under the topic Early Alken History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Alken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 146 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Alken, or a variant listed above:

Alken Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Martin Alken, who arrived in South Carolina in 1805
  • Michael Alken, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
  • Jan Alken, who arrived in Iowa in 1875

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The Alken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alken 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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