Atkison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Atkison surname was patronymic name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.
Early Origins of the Atkison family
The surname Atkison 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.
Early History of the Atkison family
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Atkison Spelling Variations
Although the name, Atkison, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.
Early Notables of the Atkison family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Atkison is the 16,648th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Atkison family to Ireland
Some of the Atkison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Atkison family name Atkison, or who bore a variation of the surname were
Atkison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
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.