Ankney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Ankney is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.
Early Origins of the Ankney family
The surname Ankney was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Important Dates for the Ankney family
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Ankney Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Ankney has been recorded under many different variations, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.
Early Notables of the Ankney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ankney family
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ankney or a variant listed above: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..
Contemporary Notables of the name Ankney (post 1700)
- Howard "Moe" Ankney (b. 1942), former American head football coach at the Bowling Green State University from 1986 to 1990
- Duane Ankney, American politician, Member of the Montana House of Representatives (2006-)
- Duane Ankney, American Republican politician, Member of Montana State House of Representatives 43rd District; Elected 2010 
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html