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Origins of the Atkinson surname

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What does the name Atkinson mean?

Atkinson is an English patronymic name, thought to have arisen from 'Atkin' or 'Addy', both Middle English diminutive forms of 'Adam'. It is particularly prevalent in the north of the country, and is popular in Northern Ireland (thought to be brought across by the plantation of Ulster in the 1600s and 1700s. The name Adam is one of the most popular forenames of the medieval period, giving rise to the popularity of this patronymic.

Alternative variations of the name Atkinson

Atkinson, Atkinsone, Atkinsun, Aitkinson, Atkenson

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Where do most Atkinsons live?

In 1921, most Atkinsons lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about Atkinsons

How common is your surname?

102nd most common surname in the UK

We have 302,000 records for the Atkinson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Atkinsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Atkinson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Atkinsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Atkinsons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


House Servant


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Atkinsons in 1921


Coal Miner




Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


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