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,
which means clearing. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the Akroyd family
The surname Akroyd was first found in the West, East and North Ridings of the county of Yorkshire
. The Eskrigge and Eskridge variants were found in the parish of Eskrigg in Lancashire
One of the first records of the family was Richard de Akerode who was listed in the Yorkshire Testamenta Eboracensia (Surtees Society.) CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Akroyd family
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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.
Early Notables of the Akroyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Akroyd family to Ireland
Some of the Akroyd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 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 Akroyd family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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
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
The Akroyd 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.