Aikins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first people to use the name Aikins were a family of Strathclyde- Britons who lived in the Scottish/English Borderlands. The name comes from when someone lived in Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Aikins family

The surname Aikins 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] and later in 1405, "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England." [2] The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' [2]

Important Dates for the Aikins family

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

Aikins Spelling Variations

Surnames that evolved in Scotland in the Middle Ages often appear under many spelling variations. These are due to the practice of spelling according to sound in the era before dictionaries had standardized the English language. Aikins has appeared as Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

Early Notables of the Aikins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Aikins family to Ireland

Some of the Aikins 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.

Aikins migration to the United States

The North American colonies beckoned, with their ample land and opportunity as their freedom from the persecution suffered by so many Clan families back home. Many Scots even fought against England in the American War of Independence to gain this freedom. Recently, clan societies have allowed the ancestors of these brave Scottish settlers to rediscover their familial roots. Among them:

Aikins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Aikins, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Laurentian" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]
  • Herbert A. Aikins, aged 38, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Finland" from Antwerp, Belgium [4]
  • Annie Dean Aikins, aged 9, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Finland" from Antwerp, Belgium [5]
  • Margaret Aikins, aged 7, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Finland" from Antwerp, Belgium [6]
  • Somerset Aikins, aged 57, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Kaiser Wilhelm II" from Cherbourg, France [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFGY-HPN : 6 December 2014), Sarah Aikins, 01 Jul 1903; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Laurentian, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF7F-8ZW : 6 December 2014), Herbert A. Aikins, 05 Jul 1905; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Finland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF7F-8ZH : 6 December 2014), Annie Dean Aikins, 05 Jul 1905; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Finland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF7F-8ZC : 6 December 2014), Margaret Aikins, 05 Jul 1905; citing departure port Antwerp, arrival port New York, ship name Finland, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXF6-CPJ : 6 December 2014), Somerset Aikins, 04 Apr 1907; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Kaiser Wilhelm II, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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