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

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jinks has been recorded under many different variations, including Jenks, Jenkes, Jinks, Jinkes, Chenks, Chenkes and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat in the 13th century. The name could have also been a baptismal name as in "son of John" which was a diminutive of Jenkin and this was later modified to Jenks and Jinks. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jinks research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1396, 1439, 1982, 1455, 1487, 1602, 1682, 1654, 1632, 1717, 1645, 1671, 1656, 1740, 1656 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Jinks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jinks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jinks or a variant listed above:

Jinks Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • D Jinks, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thos. Jinks, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1896

Jinks Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • George W. K. Jinks, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Devonport, England, in 1907
  • John Jinks, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Alloa, Scotland, in 1907
  • William Jinks, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Annie Jinks, aged 33, who landed in America from Graigue, Ireland, in 1915
  • Jane Jinks, aged 21, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1916


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  • Dan Jinks, American Academy Award, BAFTA, and two-time PGA award winning film and television producer
  • James Thomas Jinks (b. 1916), English footballer
  • John Leonard Jinks (1929-1987), British geneticist
  • Catherine Jinks (b. 1963), Australian author, three-time Children's Book Council Of Australia Book of the Year Award winner
  • Fred Jinks (b. 1880), Australian rules footballer
  • John Jinks (d. 1934), Irish politician


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Jinks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jinks 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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