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The Atkinson surname was patronymic name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.

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The surname Atkinson was first found in the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The name was derived from Atkin and Adkin.

The name, Atkinson, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkinson research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1702 are included under the topic Early Atkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Atkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Atkinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Atkinson surname who came to North America were:

Atkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Atkinson settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Atkinson settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Charles Atkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Joseph Atkinson settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Theodore Atkinson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
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Atkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Stephen Atkinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1713
  • Theis Atkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Mrs. E Atkinson, who arrived in New England in 1729
  • Law Atkinson, who landed in Maryland in 1746
  • Lawrence Atkinson, who arrived in Maryland in 1746
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Atkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Geo Atkinson, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Richard Atkinson, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jane Atkinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eliza Atkinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Abraham Atkinson, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
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Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Atkinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jane Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • John Atkinson, aged 45, landed in Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia in 1774
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Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Atkinson arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Mrs. Mary Atkinson, aged 23 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Ile Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Naomi" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Ile in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E

Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • I Atkinson, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Atkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Atkinson, a saddler, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Atkinson, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Joseph Atkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
  • Robert Atkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
  • THomas Atkinson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Singapore" in 1839
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Atkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Atkinson, aged 21, a teacher, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Mary Atkinson, aged 22, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • William Atkinson, aged 26, a farm servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Thomas Atkinson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • John K. A. Atkinson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
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  • Gordon T. Atkinson, American Politician, Maryland State Comptroller, 1904-08
  • Ireneus Atkinson, American Politician, Member Dakota Territorial Council, 1889
  • William Yates Atkinson Jr. (1887-1953), American Democrat politician, Chair of Coweta County Democratic Party, 1916-20; Georgia Democratic State Chair, 1942; justice of Georgia State Supreme Court, 1943-53
  • William W. Atkinson, American politician, Delegate to New Mexico State Constitutional Convention, 1969
  • William Yates Atkinson (1854-1899), American Democrat politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1886-94; Governor of Georgia, 1894-98
  • William P. Atkinson, American Democrat politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly 21st District; elected 1972
  • William King Atkinson, American politician, Justice of New Hampshire State Supreme Court, 1803-05; New Hampshire state attorney general, 1807-12
  • William P. Atkinson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956; Candidate for Governor of Oklahoma, 1962
  • William I. Atkinson, American politician, Speaker of the Iowa State House of Representatives, 1915-16
  • William Elrie Atkinson (1852-1935), American Democrat politician, Arkansas State Attorney General, 1889-93
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Atkinson Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Atkinson (1890-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • Sherry Atkinson, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Robert Atkinson (b. 1915), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from South Shields, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John H Atkinson (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Belper, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Edward W Atkinson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Judith Ellen Atkinson (1951-1988), American Art Historian And Consultant from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
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  • The Atkinson Family Builders, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Westward by Virginia Atkinson Chatelain.
  • Early Settlers in the Ozarks: A Genealogy of Atkinson, Best, Hall, Phillips, Stokes and Webb Families by Garner J. Phillips.
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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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.

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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Atkinson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Atkinson 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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