Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in or near a prominent grove of oak trees. The name Acklen literally means oak-land. The branch of the family that originated in Devon is said to have been named for a particular grove near their seat at Acland Barton in Landkey.
Early Origins of the Acklen family
Devon, where "Acland, which gave name to this ancient family, is now a farm in the parish of Landkey." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. "Acland, or rather Aukeland, as taking name from a grove of oaks, for by such an one the house is seated, and hath given name and long habitation to the clarous family of Aclands, which have many ages here flourished in a worshipful degree." CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print. Hugh de Accalen is the first recorded ancestor in 1155. The aforementioned farm still exists and is about 3/4 mile north-east of the village of Landkey.
Early History of the Acklen family
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Acklen Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Acklen has been recorded under many different variations, including Acland, Aukland, Aclands, Ackland, Acklands and many more.
Early Notables of the Acklen family (pre 1700)
Baronet (d. 1649); Sir John Acland, 3rd...
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Migration of the Acklen family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Acklen or a variant listed above: George and Mary Ackland who settled in Virginia in 1623; Mary Ackland settled in the same state 1638; Thomas Ackland settled in Somers Island in 1662.
Contemporary Notables of the name Acklen (post 1700)
The Acklen 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 Translation: Unshaken.
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