Atkins Family CrestThe English surname Atkins, also found in Ireland, is derived from the Middle English personal name Atkin, a pet form of Adam. The personal name Adam It is the generic Hebrew term for “man.” The name is first recorded in 1327 when William Atkyns was registered in the "Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire" The name was brought to Ireland by English settlers in the 16th and 17th centuries and is most frequent in counties Cork and Wexford. One of the earliest settlers in the New World was Robert Atkins, aged 23 yrs., who departed from London aboard the "Alexander", bound for the Barbadoes in May 1635.

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