The Aitchinson surname was patronymic
name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name
, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.
Early Origins of the Aitchinson family
The surname Aitchinson was first found in the counties of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name was derived from Atkin and Adkin.
Early History of the Aitchinson family
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Aitchinson Spelling Variations
Although the name, Aitchinson, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.
Early Notables of the Aitchinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aitchinson family to Ireland
Some of the Aitchinson family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Aitchinson family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Aitchinson family name Aitchinson, or who bore a variation of the surname were James Atkinson who settled in Virginia in 1635; also settling in Virginia were, Charles 1623; Edward 1635; Francis 1623; George 1635; Henry 1639; James 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Aitchinson (post 1700)
- James Aitchinson, British optician, co-founder of Dollond & Aitchison, one of the oldest chain of retail opticians in the United Kingdom
The Aitchinson 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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.