The name "Ackroyd" means a
dweller in an oak clearing.
It has been said that it is
a surname with a single family origin. This family apparently lived in
Wadsworth in West Yorkshire.
A document we hold (which
has yet to be verified) states that the earliest record of "Akroyd" (One of
many variant spellings) was in 1273. This was the whole name as surnames
were rare in those days.
However, Dr George Redmonds
wrote in his book, 'Yorkshire Surnames Series - Part One' (Bradford &
District). "John de Aykroide, the constable for Wadsworth in 1381, seems to
be the first of the name, but may be identical with the John, son of
Richard, taxed there two years earlier." This book and others by Dr. George
Redmonds can be obtained online from