Acknie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Acknie is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in De Acquigny, from Acquigny, near Louviers, Normandy. One of the first records of the family was Le Seigneur d'Acquigny who appears in Tailleur's Chronicles of Normandy. The same source lists Herveius de Acquigny in 1058. Roger de Akeny, in the thirteenth century, held fiefs from the Honour of Peveril of London.  The family was listed on the Roll of Battle Abbey.
Early Origins of the Acknie family
The surname Acknie was first found in Norfolk where one of the first records of the family was Ralph de Akeny who gave some of his lands to de Petra temp. Henry III. Later Roger Dakeney held a fourth part of Northwold and Domina Johanna de Dakeneye held estates in Suffolk about the same time. From these early listings the family quickly spread throughout ancient Britain. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Akeny, Lord of Holkham, and his son Thomas, in Kent, where John de Akeny was a land owner in Wittlesford hundred. Several generations of Dakeny, from temp. Edward I. to 1390, were lords of a sixth part of the barony of Cainho, in Bedfordshire. Robert Dakeny was one of the Lords of Clophill and Kannho, also held Lathbury and Little Filgrave in Buckinghamshire. He was knight of the shire for Bedford in 1316. 
Another source has a different understanding of the origin. "Baldwin de Akeny, grandfather of William Deken or Dakeny, Lord of Wrighton, in Norfolk, temp. Richard I., is presumed to have been the Norman knight whose name occurs in the Roll of Battle Abbey. William Dakeny's grandson, Sir Baldwin de Akeny, Knt., held a lordship in Holkham, temp. Henry III., and was Lord of Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire, A.D. 1266. He again was grandfather of Sir Roger Dakeny, Knt., who held one quarter of the town of Northwold in Norfolk, and increased his patrimony by marrying Johanna, the dau. and heir of Sir William Daubeny, by Isabella his wife, dau. and co-heir of Robert de Albini, Lord of Caynho. From this great proprietor the Manor of Dakenys in Norfolk derives its name." 
Early History of the Acknie family
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Acknie Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Acknie are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Acknie include: Akeny, Akeney, Ackney, Acknie, Acknee, Hackney, Hackeney, Hakeney, Hakenie, Akanay and many more.
Early Notables of the Acknie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Acknie family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Acknie or a variant listed above: Silard Aknay, aged 35, who arrived at Ellis Island from Lippa, in 1905,
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- ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
- ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.