Achlach History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

A family of Strathclyde-Briton were the first to use the name Achlach. They lived in the barony of Auchinleck in Ayrshire or from Affleck in Angus.

Early Origins of the Achlach family

The surname Achlach was first found in Ayrshire and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Nicholas of Haghenlek who is mentioned in the records of 1292 is the same Nicol de Achithlege of the county of Ayr who rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. [1]

Important Dates for the Achlach family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Achlach research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1311 and 1464 are included under the topic Early Achlach History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Achlach Spelling Variations

In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Achlach has appeared as Affleck, Athlyk, Athinkel, Auchlek, Athlek, Achleck, Achinfleck, Afleck, Authinlek and many more.

Early Notables of the Achlach family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Achlach Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Achlach family

The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them: Andrew Affleck who settled in Barbados in 1678; Thomas Affleck settled in Frederick County, Maryland in 1787; George, John, and Joseph Affleck, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1872 and 1880.

Citations

  1. ^ 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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