Aikay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Aikay name go back to the ancient Vikings and their Old Norse language. Aikay was a name for a crooked person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. There were two senses in which this nickname was used. The first was for a person with a crooked back: for a humpback. The other way in which this name was used was for a person with a crooked sense of morals: a crook. This nickname was originally derived from the Old Norse word haki which meant "hook" or "something crooked."

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 [1]. Much later Gilbert Hake was listed in the Feet of Fines of Staffordshire in 1257. [2]

Important Dates for 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 and 1567 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)

Another 41 words (3 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..

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ 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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