The surname “Daykin” has a continental pedigree before coming to England, as the “De Akeny” families go back to the times of William the Conqueror, when our ancestors – the “De Acquigny” lineage came over from Acquigny near Louviers, Normandy, France along with the invading armies. “Le Seigneur d’Acquigny appears in Tailleur’s Chronicles of Normandy.” Herveius de Acquigny appears in 1058.

          The family name of De Akeny has many derivatives in England with a brief history of the pedigree detailed in “The History and Gazateer of County of Derby, Vol. II Post I by S. Glover in 1833, pages 361, 362, 363 & 364:

“….The name of De Akeny, Dakeny, Dakeyne, Dakin, Dakins, Dawkin, are of the same origin, as may be proved by manuscripts in the Heralds College, &c. deeds and manuscripts in the possession of the late Mr. D. Dakeyne, and from other manuscripts he had seen, the name is promiscuously spelt Dakeyn, Dakin, Dakeyns, Dawkyn, Dawkins, Dakeyne, Dakaine, Dakayne, and even differing in the same deed, will, or parish register. Mr. Dakeyne doubted not but Daking was a different spelling of the same name.

“The name of De Akeny, or Dakeny followed William the Conqueror into England. A knightly family of Dakeny were settled in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, in the time of Henry III, and Edward I. About the same period Baldwin de Akeny was Lord of Holkham, in the latter county. Several generations of Dakeny, from Edward I. to 1390, were Lords of a sixth part of the barony of Kainho, in the county of Bedford. Several generations of Dakin are recorded in Chauncey’s Hertfordshire. Many respectable families of the name of Dakins were seated at Brandesburton, Cottingham, Linton, Hackness, and other places, county of York. Arthur Dakins, of Linton and Hackness, esq. M.P. for Scarborough, (7 Edward VI.) was second son of Robert Dakins, of Chelmorton, county of Derby, (3 Henry VIII.) who was son of Thomas Dakyn, of the same place. This Arthur, in 1563, had a confirmation of Arms, with the Motto – “Stryke, Dakyns, the devil’s in the hempe :” he died in 1592, and was buried at Hackness, where are his monument and arms. Arthur, his only son, died S.P. and Margaret, his daughter and heir, was thrice married, but died S.P.

“Humphry Dakyns, of Chelmorton, eldest brother and devisee, in remainder of the above Arthur, married Catherine, daughter of Hugh Sheldon, of Sheldon, county of Derby, and died in 1600, leaving issue Amy, wife of William Constable, of Sherburne, county of York, esq.; Katherine, wife of Edward Brereton, of Hurdlow, county of Derby, gent. and son Robert Dakyns, of Linton, esq. son and heir, living in 1612, having issue Robert, eldest son, (who had issue George, Arthur, Philip and Margaret) Arthur, second son, and Margaret, wife of Ralph Luton, esq. son and heir of Sir Philip Luton, of Knapton, knt.”


We begin with Samuel and Sarah Daykin