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

The Atkison surname was patronymic name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.

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Although the name, Atkison, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.

First found in the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was derived from Atkin and Adkin.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkison research. Another 225 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Atkison History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Atkison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Atkison family name Atkison, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Atkison Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Atkison, aged 16, landed in New York in 1772

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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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.

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