Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Atkyn is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived the personal name
Adam. Atkyn is a diminutive which means son of Adam.
Early Origins of the Atkyn family
The surname Atkyn was first found in Westmorland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Atkyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkyn research.Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, 1621, 1601, 1681, 1626, 1685, 1662, 1615, 1677, 1587, 1669, 1630, 1698, 1686, 1689, 1647, 1711, 1610, 1703, 1665, 1670, 1674 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Atkyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Atkyn Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Atkyn has been spelled many different ways, including Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Atkyn family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Robert Atkins; William Atkins (1601-1681), an English Jesuit; Robert Adkins (1626-1685), English ejected minister of 1662 from Chard, Somerset; Richard Atkyns (1615-1677), an English writer and printer from Gloucestershire; Sir Edward Atkyns SL (1587-1669), an English judge, Baron
of the Exchequer; and his son... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Atkyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atkyn family to Ireland
Some of the Atkyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Atkyn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Atkyns to arrive in North America: Sir Jonathon Atkins who was Governor of Barbados in 1663; Henry Atkins settled in Plymouth in 1641; Thomas Adkins settled in East Hartford in 1682.
The Atkyn 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: Vincit cum legibus arma
Motto Translation: He wins over violence with laws
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