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This interesting Scottish name is a diminutive of Adam, the original Hebrew name meaning 'The Red Earth'. Aitken derives from 'Ad-kin', son of Ad(am) or Little Ad(am). The name Adam first appears in the 13th Century and Aitken shortly afterwards in Scotland. The name in its present form is, according to Patersons records, an old surname in the parish of Ballantrae, Ayrshire, and in Orkney it is believed to have replaced the Olde Norse name Haakon. Robert Aitken (1734 - 1832) born in Dalkeith, was commended by resolution of congress for printing of the Bible in the United States of America...

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