Atkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Among the the peoples of ancient Scotland, the first to use the name Atkins were the Strathclyde- Britons. Atkins was a name for someone who lived in Lanarkshire.

Early Origins of the Atkins family

The surname Atkins was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, where they originated in the old barony of Akyne. Some of the first records of the name were Atkyn de Barr in 1340 [1] and later in 1405, "John of Akyne, a Scottish merchant petitioned for the return of his ship and goods illegally seized in England." [2] The name and all it's variants are double diminutives of Adam, formed from 'Ad,' the diminutive of Adam + 'kin' [2]

Early History of the Atkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkins research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1482, 1497, 1520, 1744, 1773, 1613, 1687, 1676, 1680, 1687, 1613, 1654, 1613, 1642 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Atkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atkins Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Atkins has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.

Early Notables of the Atkins family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Atkins family to Ireland

Some of the Atkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Atkins migration to the United States +

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Atkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • Ritchard Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [3]
  • William Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 [3]
  • William Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [3]
  • Silvester Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Atkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jonathan Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1701 [3]
  • Eliza Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [3]
  • Edmund Atkins, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1734 [3]
  • Joseph Atkins, who arrived in Connecticut in 1739 [3]
  • Robert Atkins, who arrived in Jamaica in 1753 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Atkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Atkins, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Samuel Atkins, aged 26, who landed in Washington, DC in 1828 [3]
  • W T Atkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • John R Atkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • G Atkins, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Atkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Atkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Humphrey Atkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Atkins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Atkins, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Atkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Andrew Atkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
Atkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Guy Jerome Atkins, who arrived in Canada in 1835
Atkins Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • H Atkins, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Atkins migration to Australia +

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

Atkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Atkins, a stone-mason, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Atkins, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Joseph Atkins, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mr. William Atkins, British convict who was convicted in Berkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • George Atkins, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Atkins 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:

Atkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Atkins, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Jane Atkins, aged 28, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mr. Atkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th November 1843 [8]
  • Mrs Atkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th November 1843 [8]
  • Miss Atkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Mandarin" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th November 1843 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Atkins (post 1700) +

  • Pervis R. Atkins Jr. (1935-2017), American football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • James Atkins (1967-2016), American rock bassist for the rock band Hammerbox
  • Douglas Leon "Doug" Atkins (1930-2015), American football defensive end inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Robert Coleman Atkins (1930-2003), American physician and cardiologist, best known for the "Atkins Diet"
  • Corporal Thomas E Atkins (1921-1999), American Army soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945
  • Nicole Atkins (b. 1978), award-winning American singer-songwriter
  • Charles "Cholly" Atkins (1913-2003), American dancer and vaudeville performer
  • Chet Atkins (1924-2001), American Country music guitarist and producer
  • Rear Admiral Barry Kennedy Atkins (1911-2005), American naval officer, "destroyer" captain, awarded the Navy Cross during WWII [9]
  • Charles H. Atkins, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1932, 1936 [10]
  • ... (Another 60 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. William E Atkins (b. 1916), English Chief Petty Officer Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Kensington, London, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Prince of Wales
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Gerald Arthur Atkins, American Hospital Apprentice First Class from Nebraska, 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 [13]


The Atkins 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: Robore et vigilantia
Motto Translation: Strength and vigilance.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/henry-tanner
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Barry Atkins. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Barry Atkins. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barry_K._Atkins
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ 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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