Aclent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Aclent name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in or near a prominent grove of oak trees. The name Aclent 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 Aclent family

The surname Aclent 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.

Important Dates for the Aclent family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aclent 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 Aclent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aclent Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Aclent were recorded, including Acland, Aukland, Aclands, Ackland, Acklands and many more.

Early Notables of the Aclent 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. " [2] Anthony Acland (died 1626), was an English...
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Migration of the Aclent family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Aclent family emigrate to North America: 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.

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
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