Adkisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Adkisson 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 Adkisson family

The surname Adkisson 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.

Early History of the Adkisson family

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Adkisson Spelling Variations

The name, Adkisson, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.

Early Notables of the Adkisson family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Adkisson family to Ireland

Some of the Adkisson 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.


United States Adkisson migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. 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." Among the early settlers bearing the Adkisson surname who came to North America were:

Adkisson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Adkisson, who landed in Virginia in 1721 [1]
Adkisson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joe Adkisson, aged 18, originally from Bassingham, England, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Speer Joshna Adkisson, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "La Gascogne" from Havre, France [3]
  • Beman Adkisson, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1910 aboard the ship "Saratoga" from Havana, Cuba [4]
  • John A. Adkisson, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Queenstown, Ireland settling in Merkel, Texas [5]
  • Flora Adkisson, aged 38, arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Queenstown, Ireland settling in Merkel, Texas [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Adkisson (post 1700) +

  • Tommy "Two-Gun" Adkisson, American veteran professional Table football player
  • James Adkisson (b. 1980), American NFL tight end
  • David Allen Adkisson (1958-1984), American professional wrestler
  • Wilford L. Adkisson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1932 [7]
  • Tommy Adkisson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004 [7]
  • John Hamilton Adkisson (1893-1970), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1952 [7]
  • John David Adkisson (b. 1952), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 [7]
  • David Adkisson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kentucky 2nd District, 1994 [7]
  • Jim David Adkisson (b. 1962), Australian professional footballer


The Adkisson 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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.


  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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX6Y-ZZ3 : 6 December 2014), Joe Adkisson, 13 Jan 1907; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Carmania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXK2-P2X : 6 December 2014), Speer Joshna Adkisson, 09 Sep 1907; citing departure port Havre, France, arrival port New York, ship name La Gascogne, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJN6-B3J : 6 December 2014), Beman Adkisson, 18 May 1910; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Saratoga, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN18-MT5 : 6 December 2014), John A. Adkisson, 30 Apr 1913; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN18-MTR : 6 December 2014), Flora Adkisson, 30 Apr 1913; citing departure port Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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