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The age-old Scottish surname Aiken was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Aiken family lived in Lanarkshire.

Aiken Early Origins



The surname Aiken was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they originated in the old barony of Akyne. One of the first records of the name was Atkyn de Barr in 1340 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
and later in 1405 when named "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

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Aiken Spelling Variations


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Aiken Spelling Variations



In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Aiken has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

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Aiken Early History


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Aiken Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aiken research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, 1520, 1687, 1676, 1680 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Aiken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aiken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aiken Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Aiken Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aiken In Ireland


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Aiken In Ireland



Some of the Aiken family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Aiken Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward Aiken, who arrived in New England in 1720
  • James Aiken, who landed in New England in 1720
  • William Aiken, who landed in New England in 1720
  • Edward Aiken, who landed in New England in 1722
  • John Aiken, who landed in New England in 1724
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aiken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Aiken, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Jane Aiken, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Ann and Daniel Aiken who settled in New York State in 1811
  • Anne Aiken, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Daniel Aiken, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aiken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hanry Aiken, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora"
  • Irvine Aiken, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"

Aiken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Aiken arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aiken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aiken (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General John Aiken (1879-1964), American Commanding Officer 55th Infantry Brigade (1939-1941)
  • Charlotte Aiken, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1956
  • Ardi Aiken, American politician, Mayor of Great Falls, Montana, 1988-91
  • Ann L. Aiken (b. 1951), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Oregon, 1998-
  • A. A. Aiken, American politician, Mayor of Brookings, Dakota Territory, 1882
  • David Wyatt Aiken (1828-1887), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1864-66; U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1877-87
  • Eugene Clarence Aiken (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Mayor of Auburn, New York, 1906-07; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 40th District, 1915
  • Fred C. Aiken, American politician, Mayor of Boca Raton, Florida, 1929-38
  • George David Aiken (1892-1984), American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 1935-37; Governor of Vermont, 1937-41; U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1941-75
  • Henry C. Aiken, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1944; Oregon Democratic State Chair, 1945
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Robore et vigilantia
Motto Translation: Strength and vigilance.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Aiken Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aiken 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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