The present generation of the Akirk family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived near a church. The surname Akirk is derived from the old English word cyrice,
which is itself derived from the Late Greek word kyrikon,
which means house of the Lord.
Akirk therefore belongs to the class of topographic
surnames, which were given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. The Aglish surname is only found in Ireland
where it is one of the few times an English name has been translated into Irish (eaglais, pronounced aglish, Gaelic for a church)
Early Origins of the Akirk family
The surname Akirk was first found in principally in Somerset
but also many counties of England
. One of the first records of the name was Thomas Attechurche who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
of Worcester in 1296. The "atte" prefix was quite popular for this surname at that time. Henry atte
Churche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1368. Henry of the Chirche was listed in 1368. In Norfolk
, records there show John Atte-cherch was rector of Metton in 1338.
Early History of the Akirk family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akirk research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1338, 1388, 1639, 1718, 1676, and 1903 are included under the topic Early Akirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Akirk Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Akirk include Church, Churche, Churchey, Aglish (Ireland) and others.
Early Notables of the Akirk family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Akirk family to Ireland
Some of the Akirk family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 267 words (19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Akirk family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Akirk were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Church who settled in Plymouth in the year 1630; who arrived in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630. He was admitted as a freeman of the Colony in 1633. He built the first Church of Dover in 1662. He was taken by Indians, escaped and was finally killed twenty years later by Indians in his own home. Richard Church settled in Virginia in 1630.
The Akirk 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: Virtue