Deakan is an old Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person who was a deacon, an officer in the church. The occupation
appears in the Old French as diacne,
in Old English as diacon
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.' " CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Deakan family
The surname Deakan was first found in Suffolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Deakan family
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Deakan Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Deakan has been recorded under many different variations, including Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.
Early Notables of the Deakan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Deakan family to Ireland
Some of the Deakan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 91 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Deakan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Deakan or a variant listed above: John Deacon who settled in Maine in 1628; and Martha Deacon who settled in Virginia in 1637; Alice Deacon settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Avis Deacon settled in Virginia in 1635.
The Deakan 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.