Deakin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Deakin is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name 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 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 Deakin family

The surname Deakin 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 Deakin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deakin 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 Deakin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deakin Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Deakin family name include Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.

Early Notables of the Deakin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Deakin family to Ireland

Some of the Deakin 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.

Deakin migration to the United States

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Deakin or a variant listed above:

Deakin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Easter Deakin, who settled in America in 1703
  • Mary Deakin, who settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1736
  • William Deakin, who settled in Annapolis in 1774
Deakin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Deakin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [2]

Deakin migration to Australia

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

Deakin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Deakin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851 [3]

Deakin 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:

Deakin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Charles Deakin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Mr. Charles Deakin, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [4]
  • Mr. Henry Deakin, (b. 1840), aged 23, British carpenter travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [4]
  • Miss Susan Deakin, (b. 1843), aged 20, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th February 1864 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Deakin (post 1700)

  • Prime Minister Alfred Deakin (1856-1919), Australian politician, three-time Prime Minister of Australia (1903-1904), (1905-1908), (1909-1910)
  • James Deakin (1929-2007), American journalist
  • Matt Deakin (b. 1980), American competition rower, Olympic champion and world champion
  • Lucy Deakin (b. 1971), American child actress
  • David W. Deakin, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Bethel, Connecticut; Elected 1961, 1963 [5]
  • Alan Deakin (1941-2018), English footballer, member of the England under 23 team
  • Michael R. F. "Mike" Deakin (1933-2017), English professional footballer who played from 1954 to 1962
  • John "Jack" Deakin (1912-2001), English footballer
  • Michael Deakin (b. 1957), former English cricketer
  • Roger Stuart Deakin (1943-2006), English writer, documentary -maker and environmentalist
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  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 Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1851. Retrieved
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
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