Origins Available: English
Eken is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Edward
. This surname was a diminutive form of Ede-kin
Early Origins of the Eken family
The surname Eken was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Eken family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eken research.Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1300, 1321, 1327, 1066 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Eken History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Eken Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Eken has undergone many spelling variations
, including Eakin, Eakins, Ekins, Ekin, Eaking, Heakins and many more.
Early Notables of the Eken family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Eken family to Ireland
Some of the Eken family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 77 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 Eken family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Eken were among those contributors: Jonathon Eakin, a merchant from Somerset
, who arrived in Maryland in 1685; James Eakin made his home in the same state in 1759; Robert Eakin settled in New York in 1803.
Contemporary Notables of the name Eken (post 1700)
- Bülent Eken (1923-2016), Turkish footballer and coach