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  1. David Bedford

     /  September 9, 2010

    I believe I am descended from James Dakin, born 1827. If correct he had an earlier marriage prior to Isabel Ibbotson, to Sarah Ann Nelson in Attercliffe, Sheffield in 1856. Sarah died in 1859. They had at least one child Mary, who is living with her grandmother in Castleton in 1861. This is Ann Barber,formerly Ann Dakin (nee Needham) wife of William Dakin. Mary married John Bedford in Stockport in 1875 – they are my great reat grandparents
    I have yet to verify completely all this data.

  2. Joan woodland

     /  June 12, 2011

    Hi Mat,

    I was just browsing on the internet in connection with Deakin family searches and found your wonderful family research. I just wondered whether you might be able to help me.

    I have been trying to find out where my Deakin/Dakin family originated. William and Elizabeth Deakin arrived in Ormskirk, Lancs circa 1780. As far as I understand, they had a daughter Elizabeth, and maybe three sons. Robert, John and William. I am descendent from William Dakin/Deakin. They were farmers in this area and then moved into Liverpool. I have found William Dakin on the 1841 and 1851 census where he gives his place of birth as YORKSHIRE showing his year of birth say….1773 – 1778. I have found an entry in Skipton parish church of a baptism of William Deakin to William and Elizabeth Deakin 1773 and have searched unsuccessfully to find them anywhere – I have been searching 20 years!!!!
    I have William’s will (1808) leaving his farm, etc to my William but not giving anything away as to where he came from – I have even paid genealogists in the Yorkshire area to try and help – nothing. I just wondered whether, just as an outside chance, you may be able to through some light on my Deakins. Perhaps you have received a memo from somebody like myself???
    My e-mail address is: and if you have time, I would love to hear from you.
    One day, I hope I will be able to formulate all my research on to a site as wonderful as yours!

    Kind regards, Joan Woodland (nee Deakin)

  3. Awesome webpage by Lory Imlay

  4. great site. I am from the pugwash Nova Scotia Dakins. Love to see where we connect.


  5. George Hancock

     /  October 2, 2012

    I have just started looking into my family history, Dakin on my mothers side and have discovered a large No of Dakins burried in St Margarets Church Wormhill. The earliest is Francis Dakin 1758-1820 Does this link in wih your own family tree. If you want information on the other burials let me know.

  6. daniel arkelian

     /  October 23, 2012

    my fathers mother was a dakin. We have geaneology records clear back before william the conquerer. the dakins originated in normandy and came with william

    • wendy dakin

       /  April 5, 2014

      Hi Daniel. My name is Wendy Dakin and my family come from Derbyshire. Please can you send me any information pre sir Baldwin De Akeny 1066

  7. Judith Dakin THOMPSON

     /  November 4, 2012

    My great great grandfather was Thomas DAKIN of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I am researching my DAKIN family and am unable to find information on where Thomas originated from. I am believe he came to NS with two brothers who migrated to Cumberland/Colchester counties.

  8. emma dakin

     /  November 25, 2012

    hiya my name is emma louise dakin born 1981 my dad is paul dakin his mum is mavis dakin ya can give me an text on 07789192102 i live in wakefield


       /  November 26, 2012

      Hi Emma ~ another DAKIN. My home is located in Windsor, Nova Scotia. My DAKIN family originated in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, as far as I can determine – greatgreatgrandfather Thomas Andrew DAKIN(DOB 1815), his wife – Rebekah FARRIS(DOB 1827) and my great grandfather was Thomas D. DAKIN(DOB 1850), his wife Amelia H. PORTER. My grandfather was Aubrey Seymour DAKIN (DOB 1889) his wife – Susan PINCH(DOB 1889). Maybe we can find a connection. Thanks, Judith THOMPSON

  9. Ritchie Dakin

     /  March 12, 2013

    Hi Mat, I stumbled upon your web pages whilst researching my own family line, if you have any that descended down south at any time within the 18/19th centuries, particularly into London, then there may be a good chance they are some of my ancestors !

  10. Judith Dakin thompson

     /  March 13, 2013

    Hello ~ my name is Judith Dakin Thompson and I have been researching my Dakin/Farris family roots. My great grandfather was Thomas Dakin who married Rebekah Farris and resided in Wolfville Nova Scotia, Canada. Thomas was born in 1815, I believe in Gaspereau Kings county Nova Scotia, however, I am having difficulty in proving this. My grandfather was Aubrey Seymour Dakin who married Amelia(Minnie)H. Porter, my father’s parents. My father was Aubrey Porter Dakin. If you have any information about this part of the family it would be great to add it to my growing file of information. My Dad always claimed one of our relatives was the Lord Mayor of London and he was in 1870. Thanks, Judith Thompson

    • T Harder

       /  October 31, 2016

      Dear Judith,
      This is more than three years after your post. Even so, in researching my wife’s family tree. I have found a Thomas Dakin listed in the 1891 census of Canada (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) with wife Minnie, children Emma, Aubrey, Leslie, parents Thomas and Rebecca Dakin. Also a 1887 marriage record listed at for Minnie H. Porter and Thomas A. Dakin.I believe Minnie Porter’s parents to be Jacob Porter and Eunice Henwood. Minnie Porter appears (4 years old) in the 1871 census of Canada with parents and siblings. Her parents are at the bottom of page 43, and she is on page 44 of the census.

  11. matt dakin

     /  June 17, 2013

    hi matt, have you ever traced the dakin name to the cambridgeshire area.?

  12. Sheila Windridge

     /  October 19, 2013

    Hi Matt, great website! My 4th great grandmother was Dorothy Dakin, christened 11th April 1761 in Castleton. I haven’t checked the actual registers yet but the record on ancestry doesn’t show her father’s name. I was wondering if you have come across Dorothy – known as Dolly- in your research? I notice on your tree a John Dakin (1735) married a Dorothy Buckley and wondered whether it is possible my Dorothy was a child of theirs? I would appreciate any info you may have. Many thanks, Sheila

  13. Darren Weeks

     /  November 2, 2014

    Hi Matt, Really useful website. I beleive there may be a link between our famillies, as from my records it appears that Martha Daykin married Samuel Salt in July 1808, and are direct ancestors of mine.

  14. Jayne

     /  November 27, 2014

    Hi Matt, what a brilliant website. I havnt begun to research our Dakin name yet but came across your website when i was looking to have 2 old photos enhansed of me Great Greatt Grandfathers (William Dakin) family photo at Hellifield Railway
    Station (Yorkshire) celebrating his golden wedding in 1918.

  15. Theresa Bucaro

     /  September 16, 2015

    Hi Matt, my maternal grandfather’s name was Harrison Elton Dakin, not sure if we are any relation. I am on 23 & Me DNA site. Very nice web page. when I find the WWI photo of Harry, I will try to send it to you. Thank you Theresa Bucaro

  16. My paternal grandmother’s name was Elizabeth Dakin (Dakeyne), with the same motto and crest!
    Her father’s name was Thomas Dakin (Dakeyne), does that match up with anything?

  17. Hi my email is I lived at 9 victoria house Blackpool name Robert Dakin I’m looking for Gertrude Haworth so please let no thanks

  18. Hi everyone, it’s my first visit at this site, and piece of writing is
    in fact fruitful for me, keep up posting such content.

  19. Dana Banfill / Dana Harrison

     /  October 17, 2016

    My dads mom was a Dakin. Violet Dakin who married Edward Banfill. My dad, Ed said they spent their summers in Nova Scotia. We visited the home during the Loyalist 200 reunion. Did you participate in that? Did you see the town hall that was donated by Thomas Darin?

  20. Tahlia Dakin

     /  November 8, 2016

    Not sure if you still use this blog but just wanted to let you know there is a large Dakin family (myself included) who live in Melbourne, Australia x

  21. steve

     /  December 5, 2016

    Hi Mat,
    I was directed to your site through Genes Reunited. I have a Joseph Whittingham in my tree born 1865 who married, or so I am told, a Marina Dakin on 21/9/1890 in Blackpool.
    Gary Switzer owns the tree concerned and he said he thinks he got the info from you.

    Do you have a copy of the marriage certificate for Joseph and Marina? If so could you email it to me.


    • Mat

       /  December 7, 2016

      Hi Steve. I’m afraid i dont have the marriage certificate. Its a long time since i did work on that area of the tree. gives you the month and year, but i cant remember where i confirmed the date of 21st. Possibly through the church registers. I’d be grateful if you have his exact birth and death records that you could share.

  22. Peter Dakin

     /  January 4, 2017

    Absolutely brilliant networking A joy to read of so many enthusiastic persistent researchers.

  23. Kady gilmore

     /  April 24, 2017

    Hi Mat!

    Your website was the first breakthrough I’ve had will researching my grandmothers history! She married a soldier in the service and moved to the States. She was a Dakin. Her father was Percy Dakin who’s father was William, John Fisher’s brother. My grandmother didn’t talk much about her history because her dad passed away when she was young, so I’ve only been able to piece together the only things I can remember since I was a little girl! So glad to have been able to find this!! If you have any other info, please share!
    Thanks so much,
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    United States

  24. Hi Mat, great to come across your blog, and what a surprise to see a picture of my nan (Mary) and my Aunty Lillian (both sadly fairly recently deceased). I was looking for information about James Dakin, who’d be my great-great Grandfather I guess – an interesting story there, with him dying of rabies – I believe he was one of the last people in England to die of the disease. Feel free to drop me an email. Best wishes, Lauren

  25. Julie Deakins

     /  August 31, 2017

    I recently lost a family signet ring which has prompted me to go in search of a good quality copy so a replacement can be engraved. It has led me to your interested site. We have 2 rings, one for the eldest male and one for the eldest daughter of the eldest male which has been handed down foe generations. The emblem is a straight arm (appears to be wearing a gauntlet) holding up an axe with a coronet with ships on it under the arm. Under that is a ribbon with the words “Strike Dakeyne strike, the devil’s in the hemp”. The story which was handed down to me was that whoever received the honour of the crest had freed an English ship from the Spanyards who had thrown a rope with a grappeling iron attached onto the English ship – he cut the rope with his axe. The story is that the honour was bestowed by Queen Elizabeth and somehow Sir Walter Raleigh was associated.
    The only crest that is similar that I have found has a bent arm with a ribbon around the wrist ( not straight and not wearing a gauntlet) and the coronet is a bit different.
    My late aunt did some research back in the 1970’s or thereabouts – she was able to trace the Deakins family back to the battle of Hastings. ( The name went through several changes over the centuries). She left her research to the Victoria State Library and unfortunately they have reportedly sent it to storage at Ballarat and it is almost impossible to access. From my childhood memory though – I’m pretty sure there was a Richard de ‘ Ackness who came over from Normandy and the English line was traced from there.
    She did not believe it had any association with the religious term Deacon.

    If anyone has a good reproducable copy of the Deakins crest, I’d like to hear about it.
    Julie Deakins, Australia.

  26. Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thanks for providing this information.


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