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The name Akroyd is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in a clearing surrounded by oak trees. This Yorkshire surname is derived from the Old English words ac, which means oak, and rod, which means clearing.

Akroyd Early Origins



The surname Akroyd was first found in the West, East, and North Ridings of the county of Yorkshire in the north of England. The Eskrigge and Eskridge variants were found in the parish of Eskrigg in Lancaster.

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Akroyd Spelling Variations


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Akroyd Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Akroyd has been spelled many different ways, including Ackroyd, Akroyd, Ackeroyd, Achroyd, Aykroyd, Akrood, Eckroyd, Ecroyd, Akrode, Eckridge and many more.

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Akroyd Early History


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Akroyd Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Akroyd research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1569 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Akroyd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Akroyd Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Akroyd Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Akroyd Notables 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Akroyds to arrive in North America:

Akroyd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry C. Akroyd, aged 23, who arrived in America from Liverpool, in 1897

Akroyd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William Akroyd, aged 19, who arrived in America from Longwood, England, in 1901
  • Albert Akroyd, aged 40, who arrived in America from Halifax, England, in 1911
  • Thomas E. Akroyd, aged 25, who arrived in America from Sawerby, England, in 1913
  • Bertha Akroyd, aged 31, who arrived in America from Mytlolmroyd, England, in 1920
  • Florence Akroyd, aged 43, who arrived in America from Shipley, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Akroyd Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Henry Cecil Akroyd, aged 38, who arrived in Vancouver, Canada, in 1912
  • Dorothy Boyd Akroyd, aged 33, who arrived in Vancouver, Canada, in 1913
  • Reginald Akroyd, aged 38, who arrived in Calgary, Canada, in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Akroyd (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Akroyd (post 1700)



  • Albert Akroyd, English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1920s
  • Joe Akroyd, English founder of Royd Loudspeakers Co. Ltd. in 1980
  • Bayly Nash Akroyd (1850-1926), English cricketer
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edward Akroyd (1810-1887), English manufacturer, a textile manufacturing who inherited "James Akroyd & Sons Ltd" from his founding father

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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: In veritate victoria
Motto Translation: Victory in Truth.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. 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).
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. 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).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. 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).
    11. ...

    The Akroyd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Akroyd 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 20 August 2014 at 07:34.

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