Humanities › History & Culture AITKEN - Surname Meaning and Family History What Does the Last Name Aitken Mean? Share Flipboard Email Print Ashley Cooper / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated April 08, 2020 Found primarily in Scotland, the surname Aitken is a diminutive form of the patronymic name ADAM, meaning "man," derived from the Hebrew adama, meaning "earth." Surname Origin: ScottishAlternate Surname Spellings: AITKIN, AIKEN, ATKIN, ATKINS, AITKENE, ADKINS, AITKENS Famous People With the AITKEN Surname James Macrae Aitken - Scottish chess player and World War II cryptographerRobert Aitken - 18th-century American bible publisherRobert Grant Aitken - American astronomerMichael Aitkens - British television writerJacqueline Aitken - British children's writer Jacqueline WilsonA. J. Aitken - Scottish lexicographer Where Is the AITKEN Surname Most Common? According to surname distribution from Forebears, the Aitken surname is a characteristic surname in the central counties of Scotland, found most commonly in West Lothian (ranked 21st), Peeblesshire (22nd), East Lothian (33rd) and Stirlingshire (41st). It is also fairly common in Midlothian and Lanarkshire. The surname is much less common in England, where it is found in greatest numbers in Cumberland, but fairly widespread through Northern Ireland, especially in County Antrim. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates a similar distribution, although it also indicates fairly widespread distribution of the surname in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It also points to the Aitken surname being found most commonly throughout central Scotland. Genealogy Resources for the Surname AITKEN Meanings of Common Scottish SurnamesUncover the meaning of your Scottish last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common Scottish surnames. Aitken Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Aitken family crest or coat of arms for the Aitken surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. AITKEN Family Genealogy ForumThis free message board is focused on descendants of Aitken ancestors around the world. Search the archives for messages about your Aitken family, or join the group and post your own Aitken query. FamilySearch - AITKEN GenealogyExplore over 3 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Aitken surname on FamilySearch, a free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. AITKEN Surname Mailing ListA free mailing list for researchers of the Aitken surname and its variations includes subscription details and searchable archives of past messages. GeneaNet - Aitken RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Aitken surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. The Aitken Genealogy and Family Tree PageBrowse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Aitken surname from the website of Genealogy Today. References Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.