Origins Available: English
The name Alken has a long Anglo-Saxon
heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Alchorne in the parish of Rotherfield, Sussex.
Early Origins of the Alken family
The surname Alken was first found in the county of Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Alken family
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Alken Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Alken have been found, including Alcorn, Alcorne, Aldcorn, Aldcorne, Allcorn, Allcorne, Alchorn, Alchorne, Auldcorn, Auldcorne, Elcorn, Elcorne, Elchorne, Euldcorn, Euldchorne, Haldcorn, Halcorn and many more.
Early Notables of the Alken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alken family to Ireland
Some of the Alken family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 146 words (10 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 Alken family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Alken, or a variant listed above:
Alken Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Martin Alken, who arrived in South Carolina in 1805
- Michael Alken, who settled in Philadelphia in 1820
- Jan Alken, who arrived in Iowa in 1875