There are a number of coats of arms on record as being granted to different gentlemen by the name of Aitken. The arms granted to James Aitken of Saltcoats and Darroch, of Scotland, consist of a Silver shield on which is painted a red chevron and having at the top of the shield two black cocks or roosters above the chevron and one below it. The crest which appears above the helmet is in the form of an oak tree in natural colors. The family motto is in Latin and reads: "Robore et Vigilantia" which loosely translated means something like "strength through vigilance". This same coat of arms appears in another record as Aitken of Stirling.