The AIKMAN family, lairds of Carney, Ross and Brambleton, were seated in Scotland from the 11th century onward. Their coat-of-arms relates to the knightly deed that gave the family its name, which, in English, means the "Oakman". This deed of Scottish history has been rendered famous by Shakespeare in his tragedy "MacBeth" and is therefore of unusual interest. The founder of the house was an officer of the forces which overthrew the ursurper, MacBeth, and restored the Scottish throne to rhe rightful King, Malcolm III.
In attacking, our ancestor planned a surprise - - -each soldier advancing through the wood of Birnam (which even today is clothed with magnificent oak trees) was ordered to cover himself with boughs, that he might seem part of the forest. [early camoflauge trick!) Shakespeare made it part of the witches' prophecy: MacBeth shall never vanquished be until great Birnham Wood to high Dunsinane Hill shall come against him!
The Aikman coat-of-arms displays the oak tree symbol and the family motto is "Sub Robere Virtus" (Valour beneath the Oak".
I descend from John and Jean Aikman who came from Scotland to New Jersey before 1740. John's brother, Alexander, came over around 1730. As yet I haven't determined who their parents were.