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Re: Clan Akins society
Posted by: Julie A. Akins Date: August 19, 1999 at 07:16:05
In Reply to: Re: Clan Akins society by Natasha Aiken of 466

The Clan Akins Society which was organized in 1996 in the United States under the guidance of Steven L. Akins of that Ilk, Chief of the name and arms of Akins, is the official representative body of the clan/family/name of Akins and its variant spellings (Ackin(s), Aicken(s), Aiken(s), Aikin(s), Akin(s), Eaken(s), Eakin(s), Ekin(s), etc., which represent the various branches of the old Gaelic Clan whose origins may be traced to 13th century Scotland, and has now spread throughout many parts of the world. For the definative argument regarding the meaning of the word Clan (family) please refer to the case of MacLean vs. MacLean which can be found in Frank Adam's Clans, Septs, and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands. This case which was brought forth in Lyon Court in the 1930's established that "clan and family mean exactly the same thing". Furthermore, the House of Gordon, which was one of the premier noble Houses of Britain, only had influence over those families or clans which occupied the territory in and near Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The Clan Akins extended far beyond their sphere of influence and was to be found in not only Aberdeen, but in Fife, Angus, Renfrew, Perth, Stirling, Lanark, Kincardine, Ayr, and the Lothians - territories which were not subject to the jurisdiction of the Gordon Earls of Huntly. More importantly the supposition that the Clan Akins or any of its variant spellings (Ackin, Aiken, Aikin, etc.)is in some way related to the House of Gordon has been based upon the erroneous contention that the name Aiken/Aikin/Akin etc. is derrived from the English name Adkin which is a diminutive form of Adam - Adam being the given name of the Norman English founder of the House of Gordon which was granted lands in Scotland by King David in the 13th century. This bogus contention can be utterly refuted by the fact that the original Gaelic spellings of the name of Akins was already in widespread use at the time the Norman family of Gordon was allowed to settle in the country which the Clan Akins had already occupied for centuries, as can be clearly seen in the Gaelic-place names of Kyle Akin (Caol Acain) & Dun Akin (Dun Acain), on the Isle of Skye, Aikenhead in Lanarkshire, Achinduin in Argyleshire, and Achindune in Banffshire. For more information regarding the origins and history of the Clan Akins and its related branches, please visit the Clan Akins Web-site at: http://www.angelfire.com/ar/clanakins/society.html

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