Okon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Scottish name Okon was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Lanarkshire.
Early Origins of the Okon family
The surname Okon 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  and later in 1405, "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England."  The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' 
Important Dates for the Okon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Okon 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 Okon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Okon Spelling Variations
The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Okon has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.
Early Notables of the Okon family (pre 1700)
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Okon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Okon family to Ireland
Some of the Okon 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 Okon family
To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North America. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Okon (post 1700)
- George A. O'Kon (1901-1984), American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1936 
- John Ene Effe Okon (1969-2016), Nigerian footballer
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- ^ 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)
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