Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Aikum family once lived in Yorkshire. The surname Aikum is associated with the parish of Acomb, which was located on the outskirts of the city of York.
Early Origins of the Aikum family
Yorkshire, at Acomb which is now a suburb within the City of York Unitary Authority. The place name is most likely derived from the Old English acum, which meant "at the oak trees." The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Achum, Acum and Acun, and was land held by the Archbishop of York. The village was designated as a manor held by St. Peter. There was land enough for 8 ploughs and there were 14 rent-paying tenants. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
By 1222, the village was listed as Akum. CITATION[CLOSE]
Some of the first records of the family were Philip de Akum, who was registered in Yorkshire in 1210 CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Aikum family
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Aikum Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Aikum family name include Acombe, Acomb, Acome, Acom, Acum, Akum, A Combe and others.
Early Notables of the Aikum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aikum family to Ireland
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Migration of the Aikum family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Aikum surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert Acom who settled in Virginia in 1642; and Thomas Acome who settled in Virginia in 1642.
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