Deacon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The family name Deacon is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation appears in the Old French as diacne, in Old English as diacon or deacon, and in Old English as deakne. Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Deacon family

The surname Deacon was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.

Important Dates for the Deacon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deacon research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1256, 1327, 1327, 1332 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Deacon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deacon Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Deacon include Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.

Early Notables of the Deacon family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Deacon family to Ireland

Some of the Deacon 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.

Deacon migration to the United States

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Deacon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Deacon who settled in Maine in 1628
  • John Deacon, who settled in Maine in 1628
  • Avis Deacon, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • Alice Deacon, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Avis Deacon, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Deacon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Deacon, aged 24, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1779 [2]
Deacon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin A Deacon, who landed in New York in 1836 [2]
  • Henry Deacon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]

Deacon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Deacon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James, Deacon Jr., who arrived in Canada in 1816
  • James, Deacon Sr., who landed in Canada in 1816

Deacon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Deacon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Deacon, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Robert Deacon, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • George Deacon, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [4]
  • William Deacon, aged 29, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth" [5]
  • Eliza Deacon, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Deacon 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:

Deacon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • TW Deacon, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
  • Mr. John Deacon, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Isabella Deacon, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [6]
  • Miss Agnes Deacon, Scottish settler travelling from Clyde aboard the ship "Sir William Eyre" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand in April 1863 [6]
  • Miss Fanny Deacon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "England" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 6th February 1867 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Deacon (post 1700)

  • Dan Deacon (b. 1981), American composer and electronic musician
  • Richard Deacon, American actor, best known as Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • William Budd Deacon, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Burlington County, 1878-79; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Burlington County, 1880-82 [8]
  • Walter O. Deacon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hurricane, West Virginia, 1927-35 [8]
  • Donald Keith Deacon (1927-1996), American politician, Mayor of Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1976-77 [8]
  • George Frederick Deacon (1843-1909), English civil engineer who designed the Lake Vyrnwy scheme to supply Liverpool's water
  • Brett Deacon (b. 1982), English retired rugby union player
  • Samuel Charles "Charlie" Deacon (1869-1893), English footballer who played from 1885 to 1892 for St. Mary's
  • Roarie Milton Ryan Deacon (b. 1991), English professional footballer
  • Henry Deacon (1822-1876), English chemist and industrialist; his factory in Widnes, Lancashire produced alkali and chlorine
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Deacon family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Paul Morse  Deacon (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William Frank Deacon (1909-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Herbert Kitchener Deacon, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. William Thomas Briton Deacon (b. 1915), English Able Bodied Seaman from Marshfield, South Glouchester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [11]
HMS Royal Oak
  • William Joseph Deacon (1917-1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Percy William Deacon (d. 1912), aged 20, English Second Class passenger from Fritham, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  5. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 9th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Time and Truth 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/timeandtruth1854.shtml.
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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