Judy, thanks for your response. I havw located my Frank Aiken by searching in Yahoo for Aiken instead of Eken. He definitely was a minister in the government of Ireland for several years. Don't know if this helps you any or not. My gut feeling is that all Aikins, regardless of spelling, are related. I am in touch with a cousin right now who spells it Akin whereas we spell it Aikin. If you have any questions about my Aikins, I'll be glad to answer them.