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The ancestry of the name Adkins dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived the personal name Adam. Adkins is a diminutive which means son of Adam.


The surname Adkins was first found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

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 Adkins have been found, including Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adkins research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, 1621, 1601, 1681, 1626, 1685, 1662, 1615, 1677, 1587, 1669, 1630, 1698, 1686, 1689, 1647, 1711, 1610, 1703, 1665, 1670, 1674 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Adkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Atkins; William Atkins (1601-1681), an English Jesuit; Robert Adkins (1626-1685), English ejected minister of 1662 from Chard, Somerset; Richard Atkyns (1615-1677), an English writer and printer from Gloucestershire; Sir Edward Atkyns SL (1587-1669), an English judge, Baron of the Exchequer; and his son...

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Adkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Adkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Adkins, or a variant listed above:

Adkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Niccodcmus Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Adkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1641
  • Tho Adkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Robert Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Henry Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • ...

Adkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Adkins, who arrived in New England in 1728
  • Joseph Adkins, who landed in Connecticut in 1739
  • David Adkins, aged 22, arrived in Carolina in 1774

Adkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dr. Adkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Adkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sarato Isabella Adkins, aged 44, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1904
  • James S. Adkins, aged 32, who settled in America from Birmingham, in 1905
  • Sidney Adkins, aged 34, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1910
  • Robert Adkins, aged 25, who settled in America from Birmingham, England, in 1912
  • Frank Adkins, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • ...

Adkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Adkins, a shipwright, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Adkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848
  • Joseph Adkins, English convict from from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

  • Terry Roger Adkins (1953-2014), American artist and professor
  • Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (b. 1962), American country music artist and actor
  • Patrick H. Adkins (b. 1948), American fantasy author and editor
  • Margene Adkins (b. 1947), former American college football, National Football League, and Canadian Football League player
  • Jonathan Scott Adkins (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball area scout for the Boston Red Sox
  • Major General James A. Adkins, American Major General, 28th Adjutant General of Maryland
  • Dr. Homer Burton Adkins Ph.D. (1892-1949), American chemist who developed the Adkins-Peterson reaction with Wesley J. Peterson
  • Robert Grant "Bob" Adkins (1917-1997), American NFL football blocking back, defensive end, guard and linebacker
  • Steve Adkins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1996
  • Thurman W. Adkins (b. 1906), American politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 4th District, 1929
  • ...

Adkins Historic Events

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Francis James Adkins, British Leading Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

  • William H. Adkins Family of American Falls, Idaho, a Genealogy of Ancestors and Descendants of William Harmon Adkins and Linnie Lee Pennington of Elliot, Colorado by Fred E. Sawyer.

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: Vincit cum legibus arma
Motto Translation: Vincit cum legibus arma.


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    Other References

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    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Adkins Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Adkins 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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