Ackerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

This surname was derived from the Saxon name "Acca"

Early Origins of the Ackerson family

The surname Ackerson was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from early times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Ackerson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackerson research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ackerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ackerson Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ackerson family name include Acker, Ackers, Ackhurst, Ackerson, Acaster, Ackaster, Akaster, Akester and many more.

Early Notables of the Ackerson family (pre 1700)

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United States Ackerson migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ackerson surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Ackerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louise Ackerson, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Ackerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Peter Ackerson, aged 45, who immigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Isabel Ackerson, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1908
  • James B. Ackerson, aged 54, who settled in America, in 1908
  • Bessie Ackerson, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Edith Ackerson, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ackerson (post 1700) +

  • Jon W. Ackerson, American Republican politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives 30th District, 1976-77; Member of Kentucky State Senate 34th District, 1978-83 [1]
  • Henry Elijah Ackerson Jr. (1880-1970), American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Monmouth County, 1915-19; Circuit Judge in New Jersey, 1924-47; Associate justice of New Jersey State Supreme Court, 1948-52 [1]
  • Garrett Ackerson Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1876 [1]
  • Garret G. Ackerson Jr. (1904-1992), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Cape Town, 1928-29; U.S. Consul in Havana, 1943 [1]
  • Edward Ackerson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1916 [1]
  • Donald R. Ackerson (b. 1921), American politician, Member of New York State Senate 38th District, 1973-74 [1]
  • Charles W. Ackerson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1912, 1916 (alternate) [1]
  • Cecil S. Ackerson (1887-1963), American Democrat politician, Chair of Monmouth County Democratic Party, 1945 [1]
  • Duane Ackerson (b. 1942), American writer of poetry and fiction who lives in Salem, Oregon
  • Nels Ackerson (b. 1944), American lawyer, founding partner of the law firm of Ackerson Kauffman Fex, Washington DC


The Ackerson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: La liberte
Motto Translation: Liberty.


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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