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Where did the English Elkins family come from? What is the English Elkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Elkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Elkins family history?


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Elkins have been found, including Elkins, Elkyns, Ellkins, Ellkens, Elkens, Elekins, Elekins, Elekyns, Elkin and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor at Oxford. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1273 when Elekin held estates in that shire.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkins research. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1447, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Elkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Elkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Elkins, or a variant listed above:

Elkins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Jacob Jacobson Elkins who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Jacob Jacobson Elkins, aged 42, landed in New York in 1633
  • Henry Elkins, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Henry Elkins who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Ralph Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1657

Elkins Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Richd Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Elkins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Elkins, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Elkins, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Elkins, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Isaac Elkins who settled in Alabama in 1849
  • George Elkins who arrived in San Francisco in 1850


  • Wilson Homer Elkins (b. 1908), American college president
  • Hillard Elkins (1929-2010), American theatre and film producer
  • James Elkins (b. 1954), American art historian and art critic
  • Caroline Elkins Ph.D. (b. 1969), professor of History at Harvard University and awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Margreta Elkins AM (1930-2009), Australian mezzo-soprano
  • Major-General William Henry Pferinger Elkins (1883-1964), General Officer Commander in Chief Atlantic Command (1940-1943)


  • Leaves Folded Down by Louise E. Sinkler.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Easley, Sr. & Elizabeth Earle Elkins of St. Helen Parish, Louisiana by Austin Beverly Smith.

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  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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  5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  11. ...

The Elkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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