Aykroyd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Aykroyd belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived in a clearing surrounded by oak trees. This Yorkshire surname is derived from the Old English words ac, which means oak, and rod, which means clearing. 
Early Origins of the Aykroyd family
The surname Aykroyd was first found in the West, East and North Ridings of the county of Yorkshire. The Eskrigge and Eskridge variants were found in the parish of Eskrigg in Lancashire.
One of the first records of the family was Richard de Akerode who was listed in the Yorkshire Testamenta Eboracensia (Surtees Society.) 
Early History of the Aykroyd family
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Aykroyd Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Aykroyd include Ackroyd, Akroyd, Ackeroyd, Achroyd, Aykroyd, Akrood, Eckroyd, Ecroyd, Akrode, Eckridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Aykroyd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Aykroyd family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Aykroyd were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Ackroyd who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1842; Reuden Ackroyd who also settled in Philadelphia in 1873; William Ackroyd who settled in Philadelphia in 1851.
Contemporary Notables of the name Aykroyd (post 1700) +
- Sir William Miles Aykroyd (1923-2007), 3rd Baronet
- Sir Alfred Hammond Aykroyd (1894-1965), 2nd Baronet
- Sir William Henry Aykroyd (1865-1947), 1st Baronet, an English woollen and carpet manufacturer
- Dan Aykroyd (b. 1952), Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning Canadian/American comedian, actor, screenwriter, musician
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The Aykroyd 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: In veritate victoria
Motto Translation: Victory in Truth.
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)