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The ancient Scottish name Athinkel was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the barony of Auchinleck in Ayrshire or from Affleck in Angus.
Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Athinkel has been spelled Affleck, Athlyk, Athinkel, Auchlek, Athlek, Achleck, Achinfleck, Afleck, Authinlek and many more.
First found in Ayrshire and Angus where one of the first records of the name was Nicholas of Haghenlek who is mentioned in the records of 1292 is the same Nicol de Achithlege of the county of Ayr who rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Athinkel research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1311 and 1464 are included under the topic Early Athinkel History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Athinkel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlantic. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them: Andrew Affleck who settled in Barbados in 1678; Thomas Affleck settled in Frederick County, Maryland in 1787; George, John, and Joseph Affleck, all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1872 and 1880.
The Athinkel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Athinkel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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