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The surname Akin was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.

Akin Early Origins



The surname Akin 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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Akin Spelling Variations


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Akin Spelling Variations



The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Akin has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

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Akin Early History


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Akin Early History



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

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Akin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Akin Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Akin In Ireland


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Akin In Ireland



Some of the Akin 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



To escape the uncertainties and discrimination faced in Scotland, many decided to head out for North Ameri ca. Once they arrived, many Scots fought with relish in the American War of Independence; some went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Many ancestors of these Scots have recovered their lost national heritage in the 20th century through Clan organizations and Scottish historical societies. Among the settlers to North America were:

Akin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Akin, who arrived in South Carolina in 1674
  • Mary Akin, who landed in Rhode Island in 1676
  • John Akin, who landed in New England in 1680

Akin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Akin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Margaret Akin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Akin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Mary Akin, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Akin, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Akin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Andrew Akin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Stephen Akin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Thom Akin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Akin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Akin, who arrived in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Akin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Akin (post 1700)



  • Harold Dwayne Akin (b. 1945), American former AFL football player who played from 1967 through 1968
  • Major-General Spencer Ball Akin (1889-1973), American Chief Signal Officer, Department of the Army (1947-1951)
  • Len Akin (1916-1987), American guard in the National Football League
  • Henry T. Akin (b. 1944), retired American basketball player
  • Susan Akin (b. 1965), Miss America 1986
  • William Todd Akin (b. 1947), American politician
  • Charles E. Akin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Putnam County, 1918
  • Benjamin Akin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1800-02
  • Albro Akin, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County, 1807-08, 1820-21
  • Albert J. Akin, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1880
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Akin


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Suggested Readings for the name Akin



  • Ancestors and Descendants of Justus H. Akin of Rensselaer County, New York by Daphne M. Brownell.

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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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See Also


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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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. 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).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  11. ...

The Akin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Akin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 February 2016 at 09:58.

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