Where did the Scottish atkins family come from? What is the Scottish coat of arms/family crest? When did the atkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. atkins has been spelled Aitken, Aiken, Atkin, Atkins and others.
First found in Lanarkshire where they were seated from very ancient times at the old barony of Akyne in that shire.
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and clan societies. Ann and Daniel Aiken who settled in New York State in 1811; David, Henry and Hugh Aiken settled in Philadelphia Pa. between 1868 and 1880; John Aikens settled in New Orleans La. in 1821.
Motto Translated: Strength and vigilance.
Some noteworthy people of the name atkins
* Craig S. Atkins, American, Judge U.S. Tax Courts, Washington
* Orin Ellsworth Atkins, American Lawyer and Oil Company Executive, Kentucky
* Sir Hedley Atkins, Surgeon
* Sir Hedley John Barnard Atkins, K.B.E., D.M., Physician and Educator, University of London, England
* Rt. Hon. Humphrey Atkins, M.P.
* Humphrey Edward Atkins, British Politician
* Joseph Preston Atkins, M.D. Surgeon and Educator, Pennsylvania
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