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In ancient Scotland, Aitken was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.

Aitken Early Origins



The surname Aitken 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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Aitken Spelling Variations


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Aitken 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. Aitken has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

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Aitken Early History


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Aitken Early History



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

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Aitken Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aitken Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Aitken In Ireland


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Aitken In Ireland



Some of the Aitken 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:

Aitken Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Aitken, aged 30, landed in New York in 1744
  • Alexander Aitken, aged 17, landed in New York in 1774
  • Robert Aitken, aged 18, landed in New York, NY in 1774
  • Samuel Aitken, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1774
  • James Aitken, who landed in America in 1775
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aitken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Aitken, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1801
  • John Aitken, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • William Aitken, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • Robert Aitken, who landed in New York in 1830
  • Thomas Aitken, who landed in New York in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aitken Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Aitken, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • T Aitken landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
  • James Aitken arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • J.M.K. Aitken arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • William Aitken, Scottish convict from from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aitken Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Aitken, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "John Wickliffe" in 1848
  • George Aitken, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Janet Aitken, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • William Aitken arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Robert Aitken arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aitken (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aitken (post 1700)



  • Wylie A. Aitken, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000
  • William B. Aitken, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 6th District, 1854-55
  • Robert P. Aitken (b. 1819), American Republican politician, Supervisor of Flint Township, Michigan; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1865-68
  • Robert Aitken, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Mercer County, 1859
  • Judith Marvel Aitken (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1956
  • Edward Aitken, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Colombo, 1884
  • David Demerest Aitken (1853-1930), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1893-97; Mayor of Flint, Michigan, 1905-06
  • David C. Aitken, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 1st District, 1871-72
  • Andrew Aitken, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Vermont, 1920
  • Robert Ingersoll Aitken (1878-1949), American sculptor
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Aitken Historic Events


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Aitken Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. George Robertson  Aitken (1891-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Jessie D.  Aitken (1902-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Norman Frederick K Aitken, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James S Aitken, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Master James Jarvie Aitken Jr., Canadian 2nd Class passenger residing in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada returning with the family to Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Jarvie Aitken Sr., Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Merritt, British Columbia, Canada returning with the family to Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. James Aitken, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada returning to Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Miss Christina Aitken, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Merritt, British Columbia, Canada returning to Scotland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 1 or 3

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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)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  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. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  7. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  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. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
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