Atkyns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo Saxon surname Atkyns came from the personal name Adam. Atkyns is a diminutive which means son of Adam.

Early Origins of the Atkyns family

The surname Atkyns was first found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early History of the Atkyns family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Atkyns research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, and 1621 are included under the topic Early Atkyns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Atkyns Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.

Early Notables of the Atkyns family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Atkyns family to Ireland

Some of the Atkyns family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


West Indies Atkyns migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [1]
Atkyns Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Henry Atkyns, (b. 1612), aged 22, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Atkyns (post 1700) +

  • Edward Atkyns Bray (1778-1857), English poet and miscellaneous writer, born at the Abbey House, Tavistock, the only son of Edward Bray, solicitor, and manager of the Devonshire estates of the Duke of Bedford [3]


  1. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 5 Feb. 2019


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