tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the
. This surname was a diminutive form of
from very early times.
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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Edkin has been spelled many different ways, including Eakin, Eakins, Ekins, Ekin, Eaking, Heakins and many more.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Edkins to arrive in North America: Jonathon Eakin, a merchant from Somerset
, 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.