Show ContentsDeakin 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 Richard le Diakne was the first record of the family appearing in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1212. A few years later, Richard le Deken(e) was listed in the Assize Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1247 and later in the Assize Rolls for Northumberland in 1256. [2]

As an occupation, "Walter the Deacon was at the compilation of Domesday a tenant in chief in the counties of Gloucester and Essex." [3] [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Gile Deacon, Norfolk; Richard le Dekene, Norfolk; Adam le Dekene, Somerset; and Peter le Dekne, Cambridgeshire. [1]

Up north in Scotland, the first record of the family was Walter Dekne, burgess of St. John's town of Perth, who had a safe conduct into England for two years, 1291. [5]

Early History of the Deakin family

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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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Deakin Ranking

In the United Kingdom, the name Deakin is the 963rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,236 people with that name. [6]

Ireland 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.

United States 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 [7]

Australia 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
  • Mr. William Deakin, English convict who was convicted in Shropshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Robert Deakin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851 [9]

New Zealand 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 [10]
  • Mr. Charles Deakin, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Black Eagle" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th November 1861 [11]
  • 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 [11]
  • 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 [11]

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 Democratic Party politician, First Selectman of Bethel, Connecticut; Elected 1961, 1963 [12]
  • 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 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Deakin 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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  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook