Acklin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Acklin comes from the family having resided in or near a prominent grove of oak trees. The name Acklin 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 Acklin family

The surname Acklin was first found in Devon, where "Acland, which gave name to this ancient family, is now a farm in the parish of Landkey." [1] "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." [1] 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.

Some of the family were found in Cornwall. "The manor of Crugantarran, or Cragantallan, which is partly in this parish and partly in Newlyn, belonged to the Arundells of Trerice. It is now the property of Sir Thomas Dyke Ackland, bart." [2]

Important Dates for the Acklin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acklin research. Another 142 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1155, 1644, 1553, 1613, 1626, 1591, 1647, 1573, 1610, 1649, 1636, 1655, 1672, 1714, 1697, 1728, 1722, 1785, 1714, and 1818 are included under the topic Early Acklin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Acklin Spelling Variations

Acklin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Acland, Aukland, Aclands, Ackland, Acklands and many more.

Early Notables of the Acklin family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John VI Acland (died 1553) who was described as "the first of the (Acland) family to emerge from the shadows of history as a visible human being." Sir John Acland (d. 1613), was the second son of John Acland, of Acland in Landkey, Devonshire. "From his mother he obtained considerable landed property in the neighbourhood of London, and increased his fortune by marrying Elizabeth, the daughter of George Rolle, of Stevenston, in Devon, and the widow of Robert Mallet, of Woolleigh in the same county. " [3] Anthony Acland (died 1626), was an English...
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Acklin migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Acklins to arrive on North American shores:

Acklin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emil Acklin, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States, in 1896
Acklin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. James Acklin, aged 21, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Josef Acklin, aged 27, who landed in America from Zug, Switzerland, in 1911
  • Arthur Acklin, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1922
  • Walter Acklin, aged 25, who landed in America from St. Galen, Switzerland, in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Acklin (post 1700)

  • Joseph A. S. Acklin, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, 1840-50 [4]
  • George Acklin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916 [4]
  • Kevin Acklin (b. 1976), American lawyer and community activist in Pittsburgh
  • Barbara Jean Acklin (1944-1998), American soul singer, best known for her hit "Love Makes a Woman" (1968)
  • Guido Acklin (b. 1969), Swiss gold, silver and bronze medalist bobsledder
  • Donat Acklin (b. 1965), Swiss three-time gold medalist bobsledder


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, August 16) . Retrieved from
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