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Aikens Surname History



The surname Aikens was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.


Early Origins of the Aikens family


The surname Aikens was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they originated in the old barony of Akyne. Some of the first records of the name were Atkyn de Barr in 1340 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and later in 1405, "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Early History of the Aikens family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aikens research.
Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, 1520, 1687, 1676, 1680, 1687, 1654, 1613, 1642 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Aikens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aikens Spelling Variations


Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Aikens has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

Early Notables of the Aikens family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Aikens family to Ireland


Some of the Aikens family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Aikens family to the New World and Oceana


Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Aikens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Aikens, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Aikens, who settled in New Orleans La. in 1821
  • John Aikens, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Bernard Aikens, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1853 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas and William Aikens, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876

Aikens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samuel Aikens U.E. (b. 1750) born in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA, United Empire Loyalist who arrived aboard the Apollo at Guysborough Township, [Guysborough County], Sydney County, Nova Scotia in 1784; he was part of the New York City Associated Loyalist Militia Companies and later died on December 20, 1826 in Guysborough, Nova Scotia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Aikens U.E., (née Perry), (b. 1755), United Empire Loyalist who settled in Guysborough Township, [Guysborough County], Sydney County, Nova Scotia in 1784, married Samuel Aikens in Guysborough, Nova Scotia; she had 7 children, two from a previous marriage [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Contemporary Notables of the name Aikens (post 1700)


  • Johnnie S. Aikens (1914-1986), American Democrat politician who served in the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Carl Kenneth Aikens Jr. (b. 1962), American football wide receiver/defensive back who played from 1987 to 1994, AFL Ironman of the Year (1989), Arena Football Hall of Fame inductee (2000)
  • Willie Mays Aikens (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1977 to 1985
  • Nicole H. Aikens, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 14th District, 2000 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Joan D. Aikens (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Clothing fashion consultant; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James P. Aikens, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Frank R. Aikens (b. 1855), American politician, Justice of Dakota Territorial Supreme Court, 1889; District Judge in South Dakota, 1889-94. In 1891 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Claude G. Aikens (1892-1966), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932 (alternate), 1944 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Charles Thomas Aikens (b. 1862), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Tom Aikens (b. 1970), English Michelin star winning head chef

See Also



Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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