tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the
. This surname was a diminutive form of
from very early times.
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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.
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.