The ancestors of the name Atekyn date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence the personal name
Adam. Atekyn is a diminutive which means son of Adam.
Early Origins of the Atekyn family
The surname Atekyn was first found in Westmorland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Atekyn family
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Atekyn Spelling Variations
Atekyn has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Atekyn have been found, including Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Atekyn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Atkins; William Atkins (1601-1681), an English Jesuit; Robert Adkins (1626-1685), English ejected minister of 1662 from Chard, Somerset; Richard Atkyns (1615-1677), an English writer and printer from Gloucestershire; Sir Edward Atkyns SL (1587-1669), an English judge, Baron
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Migration of the Atekyn family to Ireland
Some of the Atekyn family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Atekyn family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Atekyns to arrive on North American shores: Sir Jonathon Atkins who was Governor of Barbados in 1663; Henry Atkins settled in Plymouth in 1641; Thomas Adkins settled in East Hartford in 1682.
The Atekyn 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: Vincit cum legibus arma
Motto Translation: He wins over violence with laws