Heskin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Heskin comes from the family having resided in the township of Heskin, which is in the parish of Eccleston, near Chorley in Lancashire. The surname Heskin belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Heskin family

The surname Heskin was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from very early times. Later migration found them in Northern Ireland in the province of Connacht were the name was frequently confused with the name Waters which was also an Anglicization of the Gaelic O'hUiscin.

Early History of the Heskin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heskin research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1163, 1618, and 1804 are included under the topic Early Heskin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Heskin Spelling Variations

Heskin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Heskin, O'Heskin, Askin, Askyn, Askins, O'hUiscin and others.

Early Notables of the Heskin family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Heskin family to Ireland

Some of the Heskin 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 Heskin family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Heskins to arrive on North American shores: Robert Askyn, who came to Virginia 1635; Sarah Askin, who came to Pennsylvania in 1773; John Askin, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1806; and Henry Askin, who came to New York in 1823..

Contemporary Notables of the name Heskin (post 1700) +

  • Joel Heskin, American photographer
  • J D Heskin, award winning American poet
  • Shane Heskin, American lawyer
  • Julie Heskin, American television and film director
  • Kam Erika Heskin (b. 1973), American actress

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