I am by no means an Akerley expert, but I'll throw in my two cents worth. I think the origins of Akerley's is certainly in England, probaby northern England. If you look for Akerleys in the UK records, they are primarily in the northern area , around Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester, Liverpool. I have seen akerleys from there, and there is even a fairly recent immigration to NB (Turn of the century), from Edinburgh Scotland. Robert Akerley is listed as from Southhold, (Southwold?), which would be in Suffolk county, farther south than the main pocket of them. As far as the name goes, I believe Aker denoted a farming occupation and ley would be a common english tagon, such as Tingley, waverley, etc. Ley denotes locality, so literally translated it would mean, "From the village of Akers". Not much help is it.Note that the Akers families originated from Lancashire England which seems to support that the village of Akers was up around the border there somewheres.Hope somebody finds it!!