Atchison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

An ancient Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Atchison. They lived in Berwickshire.

Early Origins of the Atchison family

The surname Atchison was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, where one of the first records of the name was Johannes filius Ade was a "custumar" of North Berwick in 1384 and later appears as John Atkynsoun in 1387. [1]

Important Dates for the Atchison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atchison research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1563, 1552, 1558, 1580, 1634, 1621, 1628, 1580, 1634, 1000, 1611, 1638, 1629, 1685, 1657, 1657, 1655, 1701, 1695, 1699, 1695, 1688, 1748, 1727, 1748 and 1728 are included under the topic Early Atchison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atchison Spelling Variations

Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Atchison has been spelled Acheson, Acherson, Atcherson, Aitcheson, Aitchison, Atcheson, Achison and many more.

Early Notables of the Atchison family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Atchison family to Ireland

Some of the Atchison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 183 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atchison migration to the United States

For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them:

Atchison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Vincent Atchison, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [2]
Atchison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Atchison, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
  • David Atchison who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1772
Atchison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nanny Atchison who landed in America in 1804
  • Nanny Atchison, who arrived in America in 1804 [2]
  • Patrick and Thomas Atchison who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1836 and 1868 respectively
  • Capt. Atchison, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • Geo Atchison, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Atchison migration to Australia

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

Atchison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Atchison, aged 30, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [3]
  • Elizabeth Atchison, aged 28, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [3]
  • Janet Atchison, aged 7, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [3]
  • Thomas Atchison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [3]

Atchison 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:

Atchison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Atchison, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cape Finisterre" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Atchison (post 1700)

  • Andrew "Drew" Peter Atchison (b. 1985), American NFL football tight end
  • David Rice Atchison (1807-1886), American Democratic Senator from Missouri, eponym of Atchison County in Kansas and Missouri
  • Scott Atchison (b. 1962), American former racing driver
  • Doug Atchison, American motion picture director and screenwriter, recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in 2000
  • Scott Barham Atchison (b. 1976), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Ray L. Atchison, American Republican politician, Member of New Mexico State Senate 2nd District, 1967-72 [4]
  • Leon H. Atchison, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 9th District, 1970; Member of Wayne State University Board of Governors; Elected 1970, 1978 [4]
  • Irwin C. Atchison, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Sherman; Elected 1906, 1918, 1920 [4]
  • Edward Atchison, American politician, Member of Rhode Island State Senate from North Smithfield, 1911 [4]
  • Donald J. Atchison, Canadian politician, Mayor of Saskatoon (2003 to 2009)
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Atchison family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. John Calvin Atchison, American Private from Missouri, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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