In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use Ackren as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons
. It was a name someone who lived in Renfrewshire
, where they took on the name of the lands of Cochrane in the parish of Paisley, near Glasgow. This place name is of uncertain derivation, perhaps stemming from the Welsh
word "coch," meaning "red."
Early Origins of the Ackren family
The surname Ackren was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where the first record of the name was Waldeve de Coueran, who was witness to a charter issued by Dugal, son of Syfyn, to Walter Stewart, fifth Earl of Menteith, regarding several lands in Kintyre
. William de Coughran of Lanark swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward I
during his short conquest of Scotland
in 1296. Walter Cochrane was the first record of the more popular spelling used today in 1262. His son William Cochrane, the second chief of the Clan
, also rendered homage to King Edward I
Early History of the Ackren family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackren research.Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1482, 1600, 1669, 1605, 1685, 1707, 1669, 1683, 1690, 1691, 1778, 1659, 1717, 1708 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Ackren History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ackren Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Ackren has been spelled Cochrane, Cochran, Cocrane, Cocran, Cochren, Cockram, Cockran, Cockren and many more.
Early Notables of the Ackren family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was William Cochrane (1605-1685), 1st Earl of Dundonald. Of his children was Sir John Cochrane (d. 1707), who was a Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
in 1669; he was suspected of complicity in the Rye House Plot, and fled to Holland in 1683, returned... Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ackren Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ackren family to Ireland
Some of the Ackren family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ackren family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: Hugues Cochran, who settled in Quebec in 1685; Richard Cochrane, who came to Antigua in 1709; Agnes Cochran, who settled in Charles Town, SC
in 1772; Ann Cochran, a Scotch-Irish settler, who came to New Hampshire
The Ackren 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: Virtute et labore
Motto Translation: By valour and exertion.