Atkisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Atkisson 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 Atkisson family
The surname Atkisson 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 Atkisson family
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Atkisson Spelling Variations
The name Atkisson, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.
Early Notables of the Atkisson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Atkisson family to Ireland
Some of the Atkisson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Atkisson family
The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. 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." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Atkisson family, or who bore a variation of the surname Atkisson were James Atkinson who settled in Virginia in 1635; also settling in Virginia were, Charles 1623; Edward 1635; Francis 1623; George 1635; Henry 1639; James 1635.
Contemporary Notables of the name Atkisson (post 1700) +
- Eric Atkisson, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 25th District, 1998 
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The Atkisson 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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.