Adkison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Adkison surname was patronymic name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.

Early Origins of the Adkison family

The surname Adkison was first found in the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was derived from Atkin and Adkin.

Important Dates for the Adkison family

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Adkison Spelling Variations

The name Adkison, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Adkison family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Adkison family to Ireland

Some of the Adkison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 69 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Adkison migration to the United States

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Adkison family, or who bore a variation of the surname Adkison were

Adkison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elinor Adkison, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • Sampson Adkison, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adkison (post 1700)

  • Kathleen Gemberling Adkison (1917-2010), nee Gemberling, American abstract painter
  • Peter D. Adkison (1993-2001), American founder and first CEO of Wizards of the Coast
  • James M. Adkison, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1927-33 [2]
  • D. O. Adkison, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1855-56, 1863 [2]
  • D. C. Adkison, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1928 [2]

Historic Events for the Adkison family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. James Dillion Adkison, American Seaman First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [3]

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  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from
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