Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in or near a prominent grove of oak trees. The name Aclan 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 Aclan family
Clan was first found in 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 Aclan family
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Aclan Spelling Variations
spelling variations under which the name Aclan has appeared include Acland, Aukland, Aclands, Ackland, Acklands and many more.
Early Notables of the Aclan family (pre 1700)
Baronet (d. 1649); Sir John Acland, 3rd...
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Migration of the A Clan family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Aclan arrived in North America very early: 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.
The Aclan 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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