Auchinleck History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Auchinleck was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in the barony of Auchinleck in Ayrshire or from Affleck in Angus. [1]

"Richard of Auchinlec was juror on an inquest held in 1263 before the sheriff of Lanark. Nicholas of Haghenlek mentioned in 1292 is probably Nicol de Achithelege of the county of Are who rendered homage in 1296. Patrick de Aghleke of Lanarkshire who also rendered homage in 1296 appears again as Patrick de Achenlek, juror on inquest at Lanark in 1303, and is probably the Patrick de Auuynlec who witnessed resignation of the lands of Grenryg c. 1311." [2]

Early Origins of the Auchinleck family

The surname Auchinleck was first found in Ayrshire and Angus. "In 1370 the lands of 'le Greynryg et de le Tathys' were resigned to Kelso Abbey by Adam de Aghynlek, Thomas of Awqwhynleke in 1436 witnessed a charter of lands in Peeblesshire, Adam Auchinlek had a safe conduct to travel in England in 1451, Andrew Athelek and James Athelek of Scotland petitioned for safe conducts in 1464, and in 1486 William Achlek appears as a friar preacher in Aberdeen." [2]

Early History of the Auchinleck family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Auchinleck research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1311, 1464, 1306 and 1499 are included under the topic Early Auchinleck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Auchinleck Spelling Variations

The many spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names result from the fact that scribes in that era spelled words according to sound. Translation too, was an undeveloped science, and many names were altered into complete obscurity. Over the years Auchinleck has been spelled Affleck, Athlyk, Athinkel, Auchlek, Athlek, Achleck, Achinfleck, Afleck, Authinlek and many more.

Early Notables of the Auchinleck family (pre 1700)

Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Auchinleck Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Auchinleck migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Auchinleck Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Caroline Auchinleck, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Ellen Auchinleck, aged 15, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Auchinleck (post 1700) +

  • Sir Claude John Eyre Auchinleck (1884-1981), GCB, GCIE, CSI, DSO, OBE, English Field Marshall, Indian Army, 1903


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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