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The chronicles of the Aikens family show that the name was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for a person who lived in Lanarkshire.

Aikens Early Origins



The surname Aikens 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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Aikens Spelling Variations


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Aikens Spelling Variations



The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations in a single document. Aikens has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

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Aikens Early History


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Aikens Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aikens 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 Aikens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aikens Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aikens Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Aikens In Ireland


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Aikens In Ireland



Some of the Aikens 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



The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North Ameri ca. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them:

Aikens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Aikens, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Aikens settled in New Orleans La. in 1821
  • John Aikens, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850
  • Bernard Aikens, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Thomas and William Aikens settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1876

Aikens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samuel Aikens U.E. (b. 1750) born in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA, United Empire Loyalist who arrived aboard the Apollo at Guysborough Township, [Guysborough County], Sydney County, Nova Scotia in 1784; he was part of the New York City Associated Loyalist Militia Companies and later died on December 20, 1826 in Guysborough, Nova Scotia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Aikens U.E., (née Perry), (b. 1755), United Empire Loyalist who settled in Guysborough Township, [Guysborough County], Sydney County, Nova Scotia in 1784, married Samuel Aikens in Guysborough, Nova Scotia; she had 7 children, two from a previous marriage [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aikens (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aikens (post 1700)



  • Johnnie S. Aikens (1914-1986), American Democrat politician who served in the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Carl Kenneth Aikens Jr. (b. 1962), American football wide receiver/defensive back who played from 1987 to 1994, AFL Ironman of the Year (1989), Arena Football Hall of Fame inductee (2000)
  • Willie Mays Aikens (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1977 to 1985
  • Nicole H. Aikens, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 14th District, 2000
  • Joan D. Aikens (b. 1928), American Republican politician, Clothing fashion consultant; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • James P. Aikens, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Frank R. Aikens (b. 1855), American politician, Justice of Dakota Territorial Supreme Court, 1889; District Judge in South Dakota, 1889-94. In 1891
  • Claude G. Aikens (1892-1966), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932 (alternate), 1944
  • Charles Thomas Aikens (b. 1862), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1916; Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1916
  • Tom Aikens (b. 1970), English Michelin star winning head chef

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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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Citations



  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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Aikens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aikens 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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