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

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

The Anglo-Saxon name Ekins comes from the baptismal name for the son of Edward. This surname was a diminutive form of Ede-kin.

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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Ekins has appeared include Eakin, Eakins, Ekins, Ekin, Eaking, Heakins and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ekins research. Another 303 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1300, 1321, 1327, 1066 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Ekins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Ekins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Ekins arrived in North America very early: Jonathon Eakin, a merchant from Somerset, England, who arrived in Maryland in 1685; James Eakin made his home in the same state in 1759; Robert Eakin settled in New York in 1803.

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