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Some say the name is ultimately derived from the Hebrew word "adama," meaning earth. There is also a place name, Akin, in the western Scotland, on the Hebridean Isle of Skye in the ancient territories of Dalriada. It was here, in the 13th century, that the Viking leader, King Hakon IV of Norway, stealthily crept with his invading army in a fleet of longboats, on his way to defeat at the hands of the Scottish king, Alexander III, at the Battle of Largs in 1263 A.D. This area is home to the Village of Kyle Akin, and is also the site of Dun Akin (Dunakin) castle, a 12th century fortress, long held by the MacKinnon clan.

Akins Early Origins



The surname Akins 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, at the old barony of Akyne in that shire.

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Akins Spelling Variations


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Akins Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

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Akins Early History


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Akins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akins research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, 1520, 1497, 1520 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Akins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Akins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Akins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Akins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Akins In Ireland


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Akins In Ireland



Some of the Akins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words (3 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Akins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Akins, who arrived in South Carolina in 1674

Akins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Akins, who landed in North Carolina in 1749

Akins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Agnes Akins, aged 23, who arrived in America, in 1901
  • Margaret Akins, aged 52, who arrived in America, in 1901
  • C. R. Akins, aged 26, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Effie M. Akins, aged 28, who arrived in America, in 1911
  • Joseph Akins, aged 56, who arrived in America, in 1917
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Akins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Akins (post 1700)



  • Willie Akins (1939-2015), African American jazz saxophonist
  • Marty Akins, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State Comptroller, 2002
  • James Elmer Akins (1926-2010), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1973-75
  • G. Thane Akins, American politician, Mayor of Midland, Texas, 1980-86
  • Thomas Jasper Akins (b. 1852), American Republican politician, Missouri Republican State Chair, 1898-1902; Member of Republican National Committee from Missouri, 1904-12; Postmaster at St. Louis, Missouri, 1909-13
  • Virginia T. Akins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1924
  • Virgil "Honeybear" Akins (1928-2011), American boxer, the undisputed Welterweight Championship of the World in 1958
  • Rhett Akins (b. 1969), American country singer-songwriter, best known for his song "Don't Get Me Started" (1996)
  • Claude Akins (1926-1994), American actor, best known for his role as Sheriff Lobo in the 1970s TV series B. J. and the Bear
  • Frank Akins (1919-1992), American NFL football running back for the Washington Redskins
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Akins Clan Badge


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Akins Clan Badge




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Akins Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Akins
Achens, Achin, Achind, Achines, Aching, Achins, Achyn, Achyne, Ackant, Ackens, Ackin, Ackind, Ackine, Ackines, Ackink, Ackins, Ackinson, Ackint, Ackyn, Ackynd, Ackyne, Adkan, Adkand, Adkane, Adkant, Adkend, Adkind, Adkine, Adking, Adkink, Adkint, Adkyn, Adkynd, Adkyne, Adkyns, Aichan, Aichand, Aichane, Aichant, Aichen, Aichend, Aichens, Aichent, Aichin, Aichind, Aichine, Aichines, Aiching, Aichink, Aichins and more.

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    5. 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).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    The Akins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Akins 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.

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