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Where did the English Atkins family come from? What is the English Atkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Atkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Atkins family history?

The ancient Anglo Saxon surname Atkins came from the personal name Adam. Atkins is a diminutive which means son of Adam.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.

First found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkins research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Atkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Atkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Atkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Atkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mr. Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Ritchard Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Wm Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1634
  • William Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Silvester Atkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1637


Atkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jonathan Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Eliza Atkins, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Edmund Atkins, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1734
  • Joseph Atkins, who arrived in Connecticut in 1739
  • Robert Atkins, who arrived in Jamaica in 1753


Atkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Atkins, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Samuel Atkins, aged 26, landed in Washington, DC in 1828
  • W T Atkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • John R Atkins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • G Atkins, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


Atkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Andrew Atkins, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Humphrey 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 St John, New Brunswick in 1907

Atkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Atkins, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Joseph Atkins, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • George Atkins arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • Jane Atkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838


Atkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Atkins, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Jane Atkins, aged 28, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Joseph Atkins arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Romulus" in 1862
  • C. W. Atkins arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • Martha Eliza Atkins arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864


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  • 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
  • Charles H. Atkins, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Kent County 1st District, 1932, 1936
  • Charles A. Atkins, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 21st District, 1864-65
  • Carl Clyde Atkins (1914-1999), American politician, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, 1966-99
  • Brenda Atkins, American Democrat politician, Member, Rules Committee, Democratic National Convention, 1988
  • B. F. Atkins, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Cumberland County, 1844-45
  • Chester Greenough Atkins (b. 1948), American Democrat politician, Member of Massachusetts State House of Representatives, 1970-72; Member of Massachusetts State Senate, 1972-84; Massachusetts Democratic State Chair, 1977-
  • Curtis Atkins, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 4th District, 1974 ; Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 7th District, 1978
  • Dale Nicki Atkins, American Democrat politician, Orleans Parish Civil District Court Clerk; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996, 2004, 2008 (alternate)
  • Edward L. Atkins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1964

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  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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The Atkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atkins 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.

This page was last modified on 9 December 2015 at 17:45.

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