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Where did the Scottish Ikin family come from? What is the Scottish Ikin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ikin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ikin family history?Ikin is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Ikin has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ikin research. Another 201 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, and 1520 are included under the topic Early Ikin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Ikin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ikin 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.
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. 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 Ikin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ikin 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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