Akerman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Akerman surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name Akerman began when someone in that family worked as a ploughman, a tiller of the soil, or a farmer. The name Akerman was originally derived from the Old German word Akermann, which literally means acreman.

Early Origins of the Akerman family

The surname Akerman was first found in Dorset where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor, some say before the Norman Conquest by Duke William in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Akerman family

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Akerman Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Akerman has appeared include Akerman, Acreman, Ackerman, Akarman, Acherman and many more.

Early Notables of the Akerman family (pre 1700)

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United States Akerman migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Akerman arrived in North America very early:

Akerman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Akerman, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1684 [1]
  • Sarah Akerman, who landed in Portsmouth, NH in 1693 [1]
Akerman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Stephene Akerman, who arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Nicklaus Akerman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • Ann Akerman, who landed in America in 1772
Akerman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John George Akerman, who arrived in New York in 1845 [1]
  • Frank Akerman, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [1]

Canada Akerman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Akerman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Akerman (post 1700) +

  • Alexander Akerman (1869-1948), American Republican politician and jurist, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1908; U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 1929-39,, son of Amos Akerman [3]
  • Lucy Evelina Metcalf Akerman (1816-1874), American Unitarian writer
  • Amos Tappan Akerman (1821-1880), American politician, 31st United States Attorney General (1870 to 1871)
  • John S. Akerman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1916 [3]
  • Ike Akerman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2008 [3]
  • Emory Akerman, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 5th District, 1940, 1942, 1944; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1948 [3]
  • John Yonge Akerman (1806-1873), English antiquarian and numismatist, born in London on 12 June 1806 [4]
  • Geoffrey Clive Akerman (1939-2013), English philatelist
  • Dr. Frank MacDonald Akerman B.E.M., British Trustee and Honorary Secretary for Romsey and District Society Buildings Preservation Trust, was appointed the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Conservation in Romsey, Hampshire [5]
  • Chantal Anne Akerman (1950-2015), Belgian film director, artist, and professor of film
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Joseph Francis Akerman (1874-1912), aged 35, English Asst. Pantry Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [6]
  • Mr. Albert Edward Akerman (1880-1912), aged 28, English Third Class Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [6]

The Akerman 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 Translation: Victory in Truth.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 17 Apr. 2019
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 31 October 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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