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The ancestors of the Aikman family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in Lanarkshire. But the origins of the Aikman surname are still unclear. Some suggest that the name came from the Old English Aecemann, meaning "oak-man." Family lore has it that an officer commanding troops besieging Macbeth in Dunsinan Castle ordered his men to march in attack with branches of oak; the officer then became known as the "oak-man." [1]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)


Aikman Early Origins



The surname Aikman was first found in the counties of Fifeshire and Forfarshire, in Scotland. It is said that Akeman commanded MacBeth's troops in the siege of Dunsinane Castle and ordered the attack in 1057. One of the earliest records for the name was Alisaundre Akeman who swore an oath of allegiance to King Edward I in 1296. "The tombs of ten John Aikmans are said to be in Arbroath Abbey." [1]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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Aikman Spelling Variations


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Aikman Spelling Variations



Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Aikman include Aikman, Akeman, Aichman, Aykman, Akman, Hekman and others.

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Aikman Early History


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Aikman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aikman research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1575, 1682 and 1731 are included under the topic Early Aikman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aikman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aikman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Aikman Notables 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 freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Aikman:

Aikman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Aikman, who came to Virginia in 1669

Aikman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick Aikman, who came to Boston in 1715
  • William Aikman, who arrived in Boston in 1718
  • Joseph Aikman, who was on record in Mobile, Alabama in 1767
  • Alexander Aikman, who arrived in New York sometime between 1755 and 1776
  • George Aikman, who came to Florida in 1781

Aikman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jessie Aikman arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aikman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aikman (post 1700)



  • Troy Aikman (b. 1966), American professional (NFL) football player
  • David Aikman (b. 1944), American author, journalist, and foreign policy consultant
  • William Aikman (1824-1909), American writer and pastor
  • William Aikman (1682-1731), Scottish portrait-painter
  • Dr. Colin Campbell Aikman CBE (1919-2002), New Zealand administrator
  • Michael Aikman (1797-1881), Canadian political figure from Upper Canada
  • Chris Aikman, Canadian astrophysicist

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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: Sub robore virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue under strength.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Aikman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aikman 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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