Lakin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh name Lakin was comes from an Old English pet form of the popular medieval personal name Lawrence, which is in turn from the Latin personal name Laurentius.

Early Origins of the Lakin family

The surname Lakin was first found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Lakin family

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Lakin Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Lakin have included Lacon, Laken, Lakyn, Lakin, Laking and others.

Early Notables of the Lakin family (pre 1700)

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Lakin Ranking

In the United States, the name Lakin is the 8,468th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Lakin migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Lakin:

Lakin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Lakin, who arrived in New York in 1795 [2]

Australia Lakin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lakin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan Lakin, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 14 years , transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Benjamin Lakin, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Charles Lakin, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 25th January 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [5]

New Zealand Lakin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lakin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Francis Lakin, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Eliza Lakin, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Joseph Lakin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ashmore" in 1882

Contemporary Notables of the name Lakin (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Lakin (b. 1834), American sailor who served in the Union Navy during the American Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient
  • Thomas Lakin (b. 1840), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • George W. Lakin (1816-1884), American schoolteacher and lawyer, who became a pioneer leader of Wisconsin, Whig member of the first Wisconsin State Senate from 1848-1849
  • Bascom Ray Lakin (1901-1984), American Baptist preacher and evangelist
  • Christine Helen Lakin (b. 1979), American Action on Film International Film Festival Award winning actress
  • Whitney Lakin (b. 1979), American novelist, poet, short story and travel writer, gothic model and foreign language professor
  • Cyril Harry Alfred Lakin (1893-1948), Welsh politician and farmer, Member of Parliament for Llandaff and Barry (1942-1945)
  • Mervyn George Lakin (1888-1954), Australian politician, Member for Mersey for the Tasmanian Legislative Council in 1954
  • Sir Michael Henry Lakin (1846-1931), 1st Baronet, Mayor of Warwick, Vice-Chairman of the Warwickshire County Council and High Sheriff of Warwickshire
  • Sir Richard Lakin (1873-1955), 2nd Baronet of The Cliff, Warwickshire
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas H. Lakin, British Petty Officer Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Martha Maria Lakin, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [8]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Donald Lapier Lakin, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. Joseph Jordan Lakin, American Seaman First Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [9]

The Lakin 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: Probitas verus honos
Motto Translation: Probity is true honor.

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th July 2021). Retrieved from
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 4th May 2022).
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from
  9. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook
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