Origins Available: English
The Okinson surname was patronymic
name created from Atkin, a Middle English personal name
, which was one of the many pet forms of Adam.
Early Origins of the Okinson family
The surname Okinson was first found in the counties of Northumberland
where they held a family seat
from ancient times long before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. The name was derived from Atkin and Adkin.
Early History of the Okinson family
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Okinson Spelling Variations
The name, Okinson, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Atkinson, Aitkinson, Atkenson, Aitkenson, Atkington, Attkinson and many more.
Early Notables of the Okinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Okinson family to Ireland
Some of the Okinson family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 125 words (9 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 Okinson family to the New World and Oceana
The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Okinson surname who came to North America were: James Atkinson who settled in Virginia in 1635; also settling in Virginia were, Charles 1623; Edward 1635; Francis 1623; George 1635; Henry 1639; James 1635.
The Okinson 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: Esperance en Dieu
Motto Translation: Hope in God.