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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.

Deacon Early Origins



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.

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Deacon Spelling Variations


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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.

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Deacon Early History


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Deacon Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deacon research. Another 376 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1256, 1327, 1332, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Deacon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Deacon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Deacon Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Deacon In Ireland


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Deacon In Ireland



Some of the Deacon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 settled in Maine in 1628
  • Avis Deacon, aged 19, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Alice Deacon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Avis Deacon 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, landed in Pennsylvania in 1779

Deacon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Benjamin A Deacon, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Henry Deacon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840

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 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Robert Deacon, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • George Deacon, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon"
  • William Deacon, aged 29, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Time and Truth"
  • Eliza Deacon, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Deacon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • TW Deacon landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845

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Contemporary Notables of the name Deacon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Deacon (post 1700)



  • Dan Deacon (b. 1981), American composer and electronic musician
  • 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
  • Walter O. Deacon, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Hurricane, West Virginia, 1927-35
  • Donald Keith Deacon (1927-1996), American politician, Mayor of Farmington Hills, Michigan, 1976-77
  • Richard Deacon, American actor, best known as Mel Cooley on The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • 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.)

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Deacon Historic Events


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Deacon Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Paul Morse  Deacon (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Frank Deacon (1909-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Ivanhoe, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Herbert Kitchener Deacon, British Petty Officer Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • 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 during the sinking

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

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Motto


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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 utrumque utroque paratus
Motto Translation: Prepared for both.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Deacon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Deacon Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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