Atack History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Atack family

The surname Atack was first found in Sussex where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1296 when John Atthow held estates in that county.

Early History of the Atack family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atack research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1097, 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Atack History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atack Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Atack include Athow, Athaw, Atthawes, Atthow, Athall, Athal and others.

Early Notables of the Atack family (pre 1700)

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Australia Atack migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Atack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Atack, aged 39, a wheelwright, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Atack migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Atack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Atack, (b. 1840), aged 23, British plumber, from Hampshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Atack (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Jonathan Tasso Atack M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to education and to the British community in the Netherlands [2]


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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