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"AIKEN, ATTKEN, AITKIN, AITKINS, ATDN, ATKINS.
These names are double diminutives
of Adam, formed from Ad the diminutive of
Adam with the diminutive suffix -fcin(Old English (Anglo-Saxon)
-cen), and with the d sharpened to t. These
names have been also explained as - little Atty
or Arthur, but the preceding origin is the
more likely one. John of Akyne ('of here
evidently an error), a Scottish merchant,
petitioned for the return of his ship and goods
illegally seized in England in 1405 (Bain, rv,
712). Andrew Atkin appears as a witness in
Aberdeen in 1469 (CRA., p. 406), William
Ackin was a witness in Brechin in 1476 (REB.,
1,199), Andree Atkyn is recorded in Aberdeen
in 1491 (REA., i, p. 329). Aitkane of
Dunsleson was declared innocent of part in the
detention of King James m in Edinburgh Castle
in 1482 (Lennox, u, p. 123), Thomas Atkyn
possessed a tenement in Glasgow in 1497
(REG., 476), John Eckin was a tenant under
the bishop of Aberdeen, 1511 (REA., i
p. 375), and William Atkyn was tenant under
the bishop of Glasgow in 1513 (Rental), John
Ackyne was bailie of Stirling in 1520 (SBR.,
p. 274), Robert Aykkyne was admitted
burgess of Aberdeen in 1539 (NSCM., i, p. 55),
and Samuel Atkins was Commissioner of
Supply for the city of Edinburgh, 1655 (APS.).
Elspeth and James Aitkine in Darnchester
took the oath in 1685 (RFC., 3. ser. x, p. 479).
Forms of these names are common in the
Comrnissariot Record of Stirling, in the Edinburgh
Marriage Record, and in the Records of die
Sheriff Court of Aberdeenshire. Paterson says
Aitken is an old surname in the parish of
Ballantrae (Ayrshire, n, p. 87), and in Orkney
it is believed to have replaced the Old Norse
name Haakon and its derivative Hakonson.
Robert Aitken (1734-1832), born in Dalkeith,
was commended by resolution of Congress for
printing of the Bible in the U. S. As forename:
Atkyn de Barr and Atkyn Blake both in Ayr c.
1340 (Friars Ayr, p. 15), Atkin Scott in
Ettrick, 1456. The oak in the arms of some of
the name is merely canting heraldry. The -s
of Atkins and Aitkins represents 'son,' so these
forms are really for ATKINSON, q.v. Ackyn
1521, Ackyne 1524, Aicken 1681, Aickin 1550,
Aickine 1674, Aicking 1669, Aikein 1615,
Aiken 1689, Aikin 1888, Aikine 1677, Aiking
and Aikne 1658, Aitcken 1689, Aitken 1689,
Aitkene 1552, Aitkine 1687, Aitkyn 1549,
Aitkyne 1658, Aken 1689, Akene 1669, Akin 1693,
Akine 1667, Atkine 1667, Aytkine 1669,
Aytkyn 1519, Aytkyne 1522; Aikeyne, Aikun,
(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)
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