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Looking For The Aikmans Of Jamaica - St. Andrew, Stoney Hill

Journal by MJAIKMAN

Letter I Wrote To The Aikman Family Website Back In 2001

Hello...

I could use your help. My mother was an Aikman... Vida Feliceta Aikman Robinson. She was born in Jamaica, West Indies. Her family always told stories about the Aikmans coming from Scotland... and that they were shipbuilders/merchants. The name was very rare in the islands. So rare, that everyone with the surname Aikman was related in some way, shape or form. At one point most of the Aikmans lived "compound-style ala the Kennedys" in a section of Kingston called Cross Roads. The area was dubbed "Aikman Yard." Many of them were teachers, choirmasters, nurses etc.

Anyway... I began research on the family history... and this is what I got so far -- and I'm going by memory....

I went to Scotland and got General information on the Aikmans. The family decended from ancient tribes - The Celts and The Picts. They supposedly came over from Brittany (France) and finally settled in Scotland... Fast Forward a couple of hundred of years... There was a Aikman who gave up all his lands and went off to Italy to paint. His name was William Aikman.

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Aikman_(painter)
He was very famous. He even painted members of the Royal Family In Scotland... supposedly most of the Aikman settled in the Glascow area... which I guess makes sense since it's more of an industrial center... and according to stories I always heard some Aikmans were into shipbuilding. The last I heard there weren't that many Aikmans left in Scotland. There were something like 500 in the phone directory.

My research then led me to a John Aikman who came to America from Scotland some time around the 1750's, I believe. He supposedly settled in Charleston, South Carolina first... And sometime around the Revolotionary War he picked up and moved to Jamaica, where he reportedly began a newspaper. That's as far as I've gotten. I'm assuming that he's one of my ancestors since because of the rarity of the Aikman name in Jamaica.

At one point, my mother stumbled unto cousins from what use to be Spanish Honduras. She saw her maiden name... and asked them about their history. And they told a similar tale about the Aikmans coming from Scotland etc. I also found out years ago that some Aikmans also migrated to Australia.

Oh... another piece of information... in Jamaica, there were intermarriages between the Aikmans and the Forbes, The Berrys and the McGeechies (sp?). Especially the Forbes... a very Scottish family. That's everything I know so far. A cousin of mine Dr. Noelle Aikman practices in New Jersey as an OB-GYN. That's about all I know on my family history.

My Grandfather's name was Nathan Aikman. He married Ritinella Morrison and had four children: Evadne, Nathan, Oscar and Vida (who was my mother)..


Does any of this ring any bells for anyone?

Surnames: AIKMAN BERRY CHARLTON FORBES McGEECHIE MORRISON ROBINSON
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on 2008-02-02 01:45:54

MJAIKMAN has been a Family Tree Circles member since Feb 2008. is researching the following names: AIKMAN, MCGEECHYSP, FORBES.

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by kirksmith on 2008-09-18 14:15:15

Hi

I was originally an Aikman but am now a Smith My great great Granny who was a slave had to take the name Smith on. My dad was Rashton Smith who sadly passed away 6 months ago now but I have quite some storys to tell about our family tree.

My dad was brought up in St Andrew, Stoney Hill and always told us lots of things about his past. My sister went over to Jamaica some years back and met Jimmy Aikman. I am not sure if you are familiar with this name but I thought I would mention it. I still have a very old photo of my great great granny somewhere.

The story is very exciting!

You are welcome to contact me for more on this!

By the way, the name Vida rings a bell.

Kirk Smith

by zahra on 2013-05-22 13:13:35

Hey,

I know this is 5 years later but I am just seeing this after becoming interested in my family name as well. I am an Aikman living in Stony Hill, Jamaica and my grand father is actually Jimmy Aikman.

I've heard the same stories of the Aikmans coming from Scotland and the most recent history I am aware of is that there were 4 Aikman brothers that settled in Jamaica, one in Stony Hill, one in Portmore, one in Papine and one in Crossroads. I am obviously from the Stony Hill line.

My name is Zahra Aikman.

This is so interesting!

by kevin_aikman123 on 2014-10-24 18:24:42

Ello i AM very intrested in The aikman family history.my line of The family came from The papin área.my name is orville aikman.any one with more info please respon thank You.

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