Adkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Adkins dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived the personal name Adam. Adkins is a diminutive which means son of Adam.

Early Origins of the Adkins family

The surname Adkins was first found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early History of the Adkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Adkins research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, 1621, 1559, 1581, 1558, 1635, 1558, 1601, 1681, 1626, 1685, 1662, 1615, 1677, 1587, 1669, 1630, 1698, 1686, 1689, 1647, 1711, 1610, 1703, 1665, 1670, 1674 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Adkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adkins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Adkins have been found, including Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.

Early Notables of the Adkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Atkins (1559?-1581), English martyr, born at Ross in Herefordshire; Henry Atkins (1558-1635), English physician, born in 1558, son of Richard Atkins of Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire; William Atkins (1601-1681), an English Jesuit; Robert Adkins (1626-1685), English ejected minister of 1662 from Chard, Somerset; Richard Atkyns (1615-1677), an English writer and printer from Gloucestershire; Sir Edward Atkyns...
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Ireland Migration of the Adkins family to Ireland

Some of the Adkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Adkins migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Adkins, or a variant listed above:

Adkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Niccodcmus Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Adkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1641 [1]
  • Tho Adkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [1]
  • Robert Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1649 [1]
  • Henry Adkins, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Adkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Adkins, who arrived in New England in 1728 [1]
  • Joseph Adkins, who landed in Connecticut in 1739 [1]
  • David Adkins, aged 22, who arrived in Carolina in 1774 [1]
Adkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Dr. Adkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
Adkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarato Isabella Adkins, aged 44, who immigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1904
  • James S. Adkins, aged 32, who settled in America from Birmingham, in 1905
  • Sidney Adkins, aged 34, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1910
  • Robert Adkins, aged 25, who settled in America from Birmingham, England, in 1912
  • Frank Adkins, aged 28, who immigrated to the United States from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Adkins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Adkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Adkins, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asiatic" on 5th June 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • James Adkins, a shipwright, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Adkins, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal George" in 1848 [3]
  • Joseph Adkins, English convict from from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adkins (post 1700) +

  • Adele Laurie Blue Adkins M.B.E. (b. 1988), better known as Adele, eight-time Grammy Award winning English recording artist and songwriter from Tottenham
  • Terry Roger Adkins (1953-2014), American artist and professor
  • Tracy Darrell "Trace" Adkins (b. 1962), American country music artist and actor
  • Patrick H. Adkins (b. 1948), American fantasy author and editor
  • Margene Adkins (b. 1947), former American college football, National Football League, and Canadian Football League player
  • Jonathan Scott Adkins (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball area scout for the Boston Red Sox
  • Major General James A. Adkins, American Major General, 28th Adjutant General of Maryland
  • Dr. Homer Burton Adkins Ph.D. (1892-1949), American chemist who developed the Adkins-Peterson reaction with Wesley J. Peterson
  • Robert Grant "Bob" Adkins (1917-1997), American NFL football blocking back, defensive end, guard and linebacker
  • Derrick R. Adkins (b. 1970), American two-time gold medalist at the 1995 World Championships and 1996 Summer Olympics
  • ... (Another 58 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Cornwall
  • Edward Alfred Adkins (d. 1942), British Leading Cook (S) aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Francis James Adkins, British Leading Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [6]

The Adkins 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: Vincit cum legibus arma
Motto Translation: He wins over violence with laws

Suggested Readings for the name Adkins +

  • 393 William H. Adkins Family of American Falls, Idaho, a Genealogy of Ancestors and Descendants of William Harmon Adkins and Linnie Lee Pennington of Elliot, Colorado by Fred E. Sawyer.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL GEORGE 1848. Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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