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The name Acton first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the settlement of Axton, in the county of Kent.

Acton Early Origins



The surname Acton was first found in Cheshire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire. Sometime before the Norman Conquest in 1066 they held a family seat at Ombersley in their mansion Castle known as Acton Hall, in Worcestershire. "Engelard de Acton, of Acton-Pigot and Acton-Burnell, was admitted on the Roll of Guild Merchants of Shrewsbury in 1209. His descendant Edward de Acton, of Aldenham, married the coheiress of L'Strange, living in 1387, and with her acquired an estate in Longnor, in the county. [Shropshire]" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Aughton in Lancashire was an ancient family seat. " 'Achetun' was held before the Conquest by Uctred, the Saxon proprietor of Dalton and Skelmersdale; the manor, or parts of it, subsequently came to the families of Acton or Aughton." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
The parish of Acton-Round in Shropshire was another ancient family seat. "The church is a neat edifice, the walls of which are ornamented with monuments to the memory of the Actons, by one of whom, Sir Richard, the chancel was built in 1761." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Another early listing of the name was John Acton (died 1350), an English canon lawyer known for his commentary on the ecclesiastical Constitutions of two papal legates: Cardinal Otto; and Ottobone.

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Acton Spelling Variations


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Acton Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Acton has appeared include Acton, Ackton, Akton and others.

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Acton Early History


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Acton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Acton research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1305, 1597, 1600, 1659, 1621, 1665, 1660, 1650, 1716, 1689, 1705, 1684, 1685, 1677, 1731, 1727, 1728, 1662 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Acton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Acton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Acton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir John de Acton, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1305; John Acton, MP for Droitwich in 1597; Sir Edward Acton, 1st Baronet (1600-1659), English politician, High Sheriff of Shropshire, a Royalist in the English Civil War; Sir Walter Acton, 2nd Baronet (c 1621-1665)...

Another 73 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Acton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Acton In Ireland


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Acton In Ireland



Some of the Acton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 Acton arrived in North America very early:

Acton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Acton settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Jon Acton, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Richard Acton, who arrived in Maryland in 1651
  • Richard Acton, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Fran Acton, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Acton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Acton settled in New England in 1718

Acton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Acton, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854
  • Patrick Acton, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1887
  • John Acton, who landed in Washington County Pennsylvania in 1887

Acton Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. John Acton, aged 26 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)
  • Mrs. Mary Acton, aged 23 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)

Acton Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Acton arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "New Era" in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Acton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Acton (post 1700)



  • Loren Wilber Acton (b. 1936), American physicist who flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-51-F as a Payload Specialist
  • Jonathan W. Acton, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Salem, New Jersey, 1885-97
  • John C. Acton, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1956, 1960
  • I. Oakford Acton, American Republican politician, Chair of Salem County Republican Party, 1927
  • Harvey H. Acton, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1952
  • Harry H. Acton, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, 1896
  • Frank W. Acton, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1921
  • E. Ray Acton, American politician, Mayor of Homewood, Alabama, 1953-56
  • Benjamin Acton Jr., American politician, Member of New Jersey State Senate from Salem County, 1846-48
  • Barbara B. Acton, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Acton Historic Events


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Acton Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Percival C H Acton (b. 1918), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Brighton, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Motto


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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: Vaillance avance l'homme
Motto Translation: Valour advances the man.


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Citations


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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. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 12)

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  11. ...

The Acton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Acton 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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