Last name: Atkinson

This famous surname is regarded as being of Anglo-Scottish origins, although with Norman antecedents. Found in the spellings of Atkinson, Aitchison, Acheson, Aicheson, and Aitcheson, it is as a patronymic form of the medieval male given name Atkin or Adkin, itself a double diminutive of the Hebrew name 'Adam', meaning 'red earth'. Adam (as a baptismal name) is first recorded in the English Domesday Book of 1086, suggesting that it was an introduction after the 1066 Invasion. Certainly thereafter it became steadily more popular creating further diminutives such as Adcock and Atcock, with the same meaning. Early examples include Adekin filius Turst (Adekin the son of Turst) in the 1191 Pipe Rolls of Norfolk, and John Adekyn in the 1296 Records of Crowland Abbey, Cambridgeshire. William Atkyns was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire, dated 1327, and John Atkinson was listed in the Assessments relating to the feudal lists of the county of Westmorland in 1402. Further examples are those of James Aitchesoun, master of the Scottish Mint in 1553, and Marc Aichesone or Acheson of Achesounes hevin (now Morrisons Haven), in 1609. A very interesting recording is that of John Atkinson, aged 24 yrs., who embarked from London on the ship "Bonaventure", bound for Virginia, on Janaury 15th 1634. He was one of the earliest settlers in the New World Colonies. The coat of arms granted in 1604 has the blazon of a red field, charged with a gold bend cotised, and thereon three red helmets. The crest is a wolf head erased. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Atkynsoun, which was dated 1387, in the "Records of North Berwick", Scotland, during the reign of King Robert 11 of Scotland, 1371 - 1390. 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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I am an Atkinson, I found this article very interesting. I am married to an American who's ancestors settled in the US in the 1600's, their family name was Adams,,, quite spooky.

Mateus Atkinson
I'm Atkinson, and living in Brazil. My great-great-grandfather Alexander Atkinson came from Scotland (Dundee) to Brazil in 1850.

Robert James Atkinson
My great grandfather came from Wales, UK moved to Canada married Mary Jane Jones
had three children, John H., Mary and William. John H. married Annie Bonham in Sarnia, ON. they moved to Port Huron, MI had several children the oldest John W. and the youngest
James G. James my father married Dorothy Dineen had three children, John D., Judith Ann and myself.

Marian Atkinson
My grandfather James Atkinson came to Newfoundland (now part of Canada since 1949) in the 1800s and married Bridget Connolly (Ryan). He was from Carlisle, UK. Newfoundland was a British colony at that time. I have a son named Adam and I found this article interesting reading the 'adam' connection. James brother is said to have emmigrated to South Africa around the same time.

Joseph Anthony Atkinson

I am searching for a friend. My name is Vicki Swafford. My friend is searching for his birth parents and family. He was born Joseph Anthony Atkinson on 3-1-1956 in Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He was adopted from the Sarah Fisher home, a Catholic organization run y the Daughters of charity n Farminton Hills, Michigan. If anyone has any information on this adoption, please email me at Thank you in advance!

Elvie Atkinson

I am married to a Robert T. Atkinson from Long Beach California, his Father John O. Atkinson is also from Long Beach California. I am looking for my husbands grandfather whose name is also John O. Atkinson Sr., all I know is that he is from New Orleans Louisiana. Reading this article gave me goose bumps knowing that the name John Atkinson has been around for centuries. I am eager to dive into this a little deeper, if anyone has any information please contact me.

.Victor Atkinson hinojosa

I'm looking for my my mothers great grandfather was George Atkinson he was born and England 1816he married in Mexico to a Spanish lady and died in Texas Brownsville Texas in 1890 he has many descendants in Texas and all over United States

Sydney Atkinson

This is so weird and I don't understand it. I am an Atkinson and so is my brother and I am trying to do a report on where Atkinson came from and what it is all about is this all I am going to find on Atkinson? or is there somewhere else I can look? I find all of this very interesting and my fathers mother still has a Scottish accent and everything I just wish she wasn't so old so I could ask her about where her parents were from and all of that anyways comment if there is anything any of you can tell me about my last name THANKS(:

Del Hemingway
My great grand father was Robert William Scott Atkinson. I am trying to find out more about his life in Yorkshire. He cam to Australia about 1910 and settled in Denmark West Australia. He married Mary Martha Midgley. His father was John

Cody atkisson
My last name is spelled "ATKISSON " while i was in the military I had my Ancestral orgins traced by one of the top genealogy places based out of Dublin Ireland. Said I'm from Scottish origin.

Jerry L. Atkinson III
Interesting to see Jerry Atkinson post-shared surname. Fascinating website. Thanks

"Esperance en Dieu"
Sometimes found on the Atkinson Crests, and there are a few; it means "Hope for God" in French.

elizabeth (shaw) Joslin
my great grandmother was Jennie Atkinson,b.1803 in Virgina,d.1888 in clarington,ohio(monroe county)she was married to henry ross.i can not find any info on her father or mother if anyone can help,i would love it.tks

Celeste Atkinson Bogosian
My Atkinson ancestors came to VA. on the Alice from England in 1635. They were : Mathew Atkinson, his sons Mathew Atkinson, Jr. and Thomas Atkinson.My line ( from Mathew's son Thomas) left VA. after the revolutionary war, settling in Georgia.

Benjamin Atkinson
I have tried to find my Atkinson ancestors but ran into a fire that destroyed records. My great-grandfather was Thomas Atkinson born in Buffalo, NY in 1920 (that is the year I found so far). However, the birth records were destroyed in a fire. His wife had two parents from Germany with the last name of Kalk (Kulk). My great-grandfather's parents were born in the "Free Irish State." Anyone that has anymore info please contact me at Thanks.

tanner atkinson
I don't know much about my name my grandfather was named rb Atkinson and my grandmother Willie mea Atkinson both died before I could ask able my heritage im not sure how my family got to the Americas or where we came from. if those names mean anything to you please contact me email is

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