Hello Chris, My mother was an Akins, born and raised in California. Her father, Guy Akins grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and came to California to work on the Northwestern Pacific Railroad about 1910. His grandfather, Thomas Akins (sometimes spelled Aikens) brought his family out to Colorado from Missouri in 1860. Some of the Akins came to California and others stayed in Colorado. Thomas was born in Maryland and lived in Illinois and Missouri before going to Colorado.