Last name: Aitken

This interesting Scottish name is a diminutive of Adam, the original Hebrew name meaning 'The Red Earth'. Aitken derives from 'Ad-kin', son of Ad(am) or Little Ad(am). The name Adam first appears in the 13th Century and Aitken shortly afterwards in Scotland. The name in its present form is, according to Patersons records, an old surname in the parish of Ballantrae, Ayrshire, and in Orkney it is believed to have replaced the Olde Norse name Haakon. Robert Aitken (1734 - 1832) born in Dalkeith, was commended by resolution of congress for printing of the Bible in the United States of America. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Akyne, which was dated 1405, Baines Records, Scotland, during the reign of King Robert the Stuart of Scotland, 1371 - 1420. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Sheila Aitken
Looking for any relations . I am from oxford

Sheila Aitken
Hi Sheila and Robert - my name is also Sheila Aitken - my father's family were originally from the Orkneys, then Edinburgh, eventually landing up in Zambia (Northern Rhodesia).

douglas aitken

I'm from Orkney,there's not many aitkens left here now but there is a few remaining

Ulrich Aitken
Hi, I'm from South Africa.

Mark Aitken
SW Scotland actually live 18 miles from Ballantrae so the Apple certainly hasn't fell far from the tree in my Family's case!!

Bradley Aitken
Utah here. My G G Grandfather came from Edinburgh Scotland. James E. Aitken arrived in the US sometime after 1830. Hello Cuz...

Leanne Aitken
From New Zealand. ..a few of us here. Originally family from Larnacshire in Scotland.

Dylan Aitkens
I'm from Missouri USA. The "s" on the end of my name happened when my grandfather Robert aitken was born in the 30's, whoever made his birth certificate accidentally added an "s" to the end and now we have many generations of Aitkens.

james Aitken
live in east Yorkshire (England), my father was born in Hamilton (Scotland) and believe my grandfather was from that area, but served in the army so travelled all over, before settling in North York's at catterick.

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