Aikay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Viking settlers of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Aikay. It was a nickname for a hooked or crooked person. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked." [1]

Alternatively, the name could have been a patronymic for " the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Hake.' " [2]

And another source believes the name has the same origin as "Haig and Haigh; from Haigh co. Lancaster or from Anglo-Saxon 'hagen,' a hay, hedge, meadow. " [3]

Early Origins of the Aikay family

The surname Aikay was first found in the county of Norfolk where Turkil Hako was listed there in Domesday Book [4]. Later the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire listed Leuiua filia Hacke as holding lands there in 1218 - a very rare entry for a female or "daughter" to hold lands at that time. Later again, Gilbert Hale was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [5]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had the following entries as both a forename and surname: Hacca filius Pictavini; Peter filius Hake, Lincolnshire; Haco le Muner, Suffolk; and Hako Strek, Suffolk. [2]

Early History of the Aikay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aikay research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1273, 1375, 1579, 1567, 1567, 1579, 1576, 1578, 1586 and 1586 are included under the topic Early Aikay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Aikay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Aikay has been spelled Hake, Hakes, Hakke, Hacke and others.

Early Notables of the Aikay family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Edward Hake, ( fl. 1579), an English satirist who was patronized by the Earl of Leicester, known for his Newes out of Paules Churchyarde, A Trappe for Syr Monye, whi was first published in 1567. No copy of the 1567 edition is known; but the work was reprinted in 1579. "From the dedication to the Earl of Leicester we learn that at this date Hake was under-steward...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aikay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Aikay family

Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence, those who remained loyal to England traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Aikay: Thomas Hakes who died at Jamestown, Virginia in 1623; John Maximilian Hake who sailed to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1774 and Nicolaus Hake who settled in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1798..



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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