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

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

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 Atlantic. 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


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


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


Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Thos Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Wm Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Margt Atkinson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Martha Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mary Atkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774


Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Atkinson arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

Atkinson Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


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

Atkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • 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


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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  • John William Atkinson (1923-2003), American psychologist who pioneered the scientific study of human motivation, achievement and behavior
  • Theodore Francis Atkinson (1916-2005), American thoroughbred horse racing jockey, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1957
  • Justin Brooks Atkinson (1894-1984), American journalist who won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Correspondence
  • Eleanor Stackhouse Atkinson (1863-1942), American author, journalist and teacher
  • Lieutenant-General Joseph Hampton Atkinson (1900-1984), American Commanding Officer of the Second Air Force, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana (1949-1952)
  • George Francis Atkinson (1854-1918), American botanist and mycologist
  • 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
  • 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
  • William Garretson Atkinson III (1955-1988), American Engineer from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Rowan Atkinson (b. 1955), English two-time BAFTA winning and Laurence Olivier winning actor and writer, best known for his "Mr. Bean" character

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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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  2. 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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  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  7. 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).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 21 July 2015 at 00:40.

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