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

The rich and ancient history of the Hankins family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

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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 Hankins have been found, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

First found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hankins research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1761 is included under the topic Early Hankins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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. Among the first immigrants of the name Hankins, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Hankins Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Hankins moved to Virginia in 1652
  • Richd Hankins, who landed in Virginia in 1652

Hankins Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Y C Hankins, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Bessie Hankins, aged 19, who landed in America from London, in 1899

Hankins Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ellen M. Hankins, aged 27, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • Fred Hankins, aged 21, who settled in America from Berrow, in 1904
  • Alfred Thomas Hankins, aged 32, who emigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1914
  • Wallace Harry Hankins, who arrived in Alabama in 1917
  • Harvey Hankins, who settled in America, in 1919


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  • Jay Nelson Hankins (b. 1935), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1961 to 1963 for the Kansas City Royals
  • Freeman Hankins (1917-1988), American politician, former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate (1967-1988)
  • Antthony Mark Hankins, American fashion designer who founded Antthony Mark Hankins Inc. in 1994
  • Frank Hamilton Hankins (1877-1970), American sociologist and anthropologist
  • Larry Hankins (b. 1940), American actor, performer, director and producer
  • Johnathan "Big Hank" Hankins (b. 1992), American NFL football defensive tackle for the New York Giants
  • Cecil O. Hankins (1922-2002), American basketball and football player who played from 1946 to 1948
  • James Hankins (b. 1955), American intellectual historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance
  • Donald Wayne "Don" Hankins (1902-1963), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Detroit Tigers in 1927
  • Abraham P. Hankins (1900-1963), American modernist painter

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.

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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Hankins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hankins 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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