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
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 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.
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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Migration of the Deakin family to Ireland
Some of the Deakin family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Deakin family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Deakin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert Deakin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Caroline.gif
Deakin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Deakin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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.)
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.