Akerson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Akerson family lived among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. Akerson is a name for someone who lived in Berwickshire.

Early Origins of the Akerson family

The surname Akerson was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where one of the first records of the name was Johannes filius Ade was a "custumar" of North Berwick in 1384 and later appears as John Atkynsoun in 1387. [1]

Early History of the Akerson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akerson research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1563, 1552, 1558, 1580, 1634, 1621, 1628, 1580, 1634, 1000, 1611, 1638, 1629, 1685, 1657, 1657, 1655, 1701, 1695, 1699, 1695, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Akerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Akerson Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Akerson has been spelled Acheson, Acherson, Atcherson, Aitcheson, Aitchison, Atcheson, Achison and many more.

Early Notables of the Akerson family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Akerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Akerson family to Ireland

Some of the Akerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Akerson migration to the United States +

Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Akerson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Polly Akerson, aged 30, arrived in New York City, New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool & Queenstown [2]
Akerson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Maria K. Akerson, aged 20, originally from Sweden, arrived in New York in 1901 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [3]
  • Oscar Akerson, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Deranof" from Liverpool, England [4]
  • Edwin C. Akerson, aged 21, arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Norfolk" from Barbados, British West Indies [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Akerson (post 1700) +

  • George Edward Akerson (1889-1937), American journalist, the 1st official White House Press Secretary (1929-1931) serving Herbert Hoover
  • Daniel Francis "Dan" Akerson (b. 1948), American former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, serving from 2010 to 2014


The Akerson 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: Ane chast arbor
Motto Translation: One pure tree.


  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)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMD-N3K : 6 December 2014), Polly Akerson, 01 Sep 1894; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Lucania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFJG-X31 : 6 December 2014), Maria K. Akerson, 30 Apr 1901; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J686-P32 : 6 December 2014), Oscar Akerson, 04 May 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Deranof, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J68N-JX3 : 6 December 2014), Edwin C. Akerson, 17 May 1920; citing departure port Barbados, British West Indies, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Norfolk, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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