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In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Ackroyd surname lived in a clearing surrounded by oak trees. This Yorkshire surname is derived from the Old English words ac, which means oak, and rod, which means clearing.

Ackroyd Early Origins



The surname Ackroyd was first found in the West, East, and North Ridings of the county of Yorkshire in the north of England. The Eskrigge and Eskridge variants were found in the parish of Eskrigg in Lancaster.

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Ackroyd Spelling Variations


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Ackroyd 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 Ackroyd 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. The variations of the name Ackroyd include: Ackroyd, Akroyd, Ackeroyd, Achroyd, Aykroyd, Akrood, Eckroyd, Ecroyd, Akrode, Eckridge and many more.

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Ackroyd Early History


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Ackroyd Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ackroyd research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1569 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Ackroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ackroyd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ackroyd Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ackroyd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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 Ackroyd or a variant listed above:

Ackroyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Ackroyd who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • William Ackroyd who settled in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Reuden Ackroyd who also settled in Philadelphia in 1873

Ackroyd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Ackroyd, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Ackroyd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Ackroyd, aged 26, a leather dresser, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ackroyd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ackroyd (post 1700)



  • David Ackroyd (b. 1940), American actor, best known for his roles on the soap operas The Secret Storm and Another World
  • Joseph Ackroyd (1847-1915), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1884; Postmaster; Member of New York State Senate 36th District, 1907-08
  • Archibald Ackroyd (1897-1968), English cricketer
  • Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA (b. 1938), is an English artist based in Bermondsey, London
  • Sir Timothy John Robert Whyte Ackroyd (b. 1958), 3rd Baronet, an English actor
  • Barry Ackroyd BSC (b. 1954), English cinematographer
  • Peter Ackroyd CBE (b. 1949), English biographer, novelist, and critic, recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award and two Whitbread Awards
  • Jack Wesley Ackroyd (1926-1992), Canadian Chief of Police for Toronto (1980-1984)
  • Sir Cuthbert Lowell Ackroyd DL, JP (1892-1973), 1st Baronet, Lord Mayor of London
  • Christa Ackroyd (b. 1957), British journalist and broadcaster
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Ackroyd Historic Events


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Ackroyd Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Master Frederick Ackroyd, American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Hannah Ackroyd, (née Hardaker), American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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: In veritate victoria
Motto Translation: Victory in Truth.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Ackroyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ackroyd Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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