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Where did the Scottish Affleck family come from? What is the Scottish Affleck family crest and coat of arms? When did the Affleck family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Affleck family history?

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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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.

First found in Ayrshire and Angus where they held a family seat from early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Affleck research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 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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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.

This page was last modified on 20 April 2015 at 18:43.

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