Hi George, A number of people have written to me and asked that I post here. I am the person who did the original research. Firstly, can I say that I am a little annoyed that the research I conducted seems to have been used by some others for the purpose of attacking Steven Akins political views. This was not the purpose of the original research and Steven Akins politics is a quite seperate matter. It purpose was simply an attempt to validate or otherwise, a claim didn't seem to hang together - namely the origin of the name Akin.
Prof. Black's book on Scottish surnames lists it as simply a spelling variation of the far more common Aiken. Steven Akin provided a book on SCottish surnames in America which claimed that it came from the Kyleakin area. I'm afraid the latter is completely wrong as there never has been an area known as Akin on Skye. The area where Kyleakin now stands was known as Strathvardeil. The original name of the castle was Findanus and the current ruin dates from the late 15th/early 16thC. Why do these dates matter? Steven Akins claims that the earliest refernce in record to someone by the name Akin or a variant of, - one John of Akyne - indicates the origin of the individual as being Akyne. The date is 1404. There was no Akyne or Akin on Skye at that date and Steven Akin has failed to present any evidence to support his claim.
Black dismisses John of Akyne as an error and gives Bain as his primary source. Steven Akin does not appear to have read Black's primary source and chastises him for failing to spot the area of Akin on a map. Aside from the fact that Akyne did not exist on a map of Skye, that it not the reason Black claims that the 'of' is an error. His reasons are related to the content of Bain.
CUrrently I am trying to track down a copy of Bain as well as the origin of the naming of thye Kyle itself. We know now that in the 14thC - when this John of Akyne would be growing up in wherever Akyne was and assuming that to be his correct name - That there was no Kyleakin and no Dunakin Castle.
As far as your comments on reading stuff on the Internet, there used to be an ironic adage for information found on the internet - "I read it on the net - it must be true!" It's for this reason that, like Black, I give my primary sources.
Akin is listed by most geneology books as a spelling variant of Aiken. Aiken is one of the 12 most common surnames in Scotland. It is a lowland name and has no clan of its own per se. It is associated, however, with clan Gordon.
This is very much a one off article as I don't normally inhabit these forums, but if anyone wishes to follow the exchanges, they can be found in the USenet newsgroup soc.culture.scottish