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An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Affleck. They lived in the barony of Auchinleck in Ayrshire or from Affleck in Angus.

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The surname Affleck was first found in Ayrshire and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Nicholas of Haghenlek who is mentioned in the records of 1292 is the same Nicol de Achithlege of the county of Ayr who rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. [1]

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Affleck has been spelled Affleck, Athlyk, Athinkel, Auchlek, Athlek, Achleck, Achinfleck, Afleck, Authinlek and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Affleck research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1311 and 1464 are included under the topic Early Affleck History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Affleck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Affleck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Affleck who settled in Barbados in 1678

Affleck Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Affleck settled in Frederick County, Maryland in 1787

Affleck Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Affleck, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832
  • George, John, and Joseph Affleck, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1872 and 1880

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  • Neil Affleck, American actor, animator and director
  • Casey Affleck (b. 1975), American actor and film director
  • Ben Affleck (b. 1972), Academy Award-winning American actor, film director, writer, and producer
  • George Affleck (b. 1888), Scottish footballer
  • David Roy Affleck (1912-1984), Scottish professional footballer
  • Raymond Affleck (1922-1989), Canadian architect
  • Paul Affleck (b. 1966), Welsh professional golfer
  • Gilbert Affleck (1684-1764), British politician
  • John Affleck (1710-1776), British Tory politician
  • Robert Bruce Affleck (b. 1954), Canadian retired former professional ice hockey defenceman

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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  9. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  10. 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.
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The Affleck Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Affleck 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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