Deakins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Deakins name was coined by the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Deakins was originally a name given to someone 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. Alternatively, the name could have been derived "from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of David.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Deakins family

The surname Deakins 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 Deakins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Deakins research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1212, 1256, 1327, 1327, 1332, 1379, 1697, 1753 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Deakins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Deakins Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Deakins are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Deakins include: Deakin, Deacon, Deakan, Deakins, Dekne, Diakne and many more.

Early Notables of the Deakins family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Deakins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Deakins family to Ireland

Some of the Deakins 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.

Migration of the Deakins family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Deakins 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.


Contemporary Notables of the name Deakins (post 1700) +

  • Sarah Deakins, American Leo Award nominated actress, known for her roles in The Final Cut (2004), Hollow Man II (2006) and Alone in the Dark (2005)
  • Lucy Deakins (b. 1971), American Young Artist Award nominated actress, known for her roles in As the World Turns, The Boy Who Could Fly (1986) and The Great Outdoors (1988)
  • Roger Alexander Deakins CBE, ASC, BSC (b. 1949), English eleven-time Academy Award nominated cinematographer, awarded the 2011 American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Richard S. Deakins, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • Francis Deakins, American politician, Presidential Elector for Maryland, 1796, 1800 [6]
  • Joanne Cara Deakins (b. 1972), English retired female backstroke swimmer; she won a silver medal in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the 1995 Summer Universiade
  • Eric Petro Deakins (b. 1932), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Walthamstow West (1970-1974) and (1974-1987)

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Irene  Deakins (1913-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]


The Deakins 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.


  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. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance


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