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

The Perkynn surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. In this case the surname Perkynn was originally derived from two elements; per a form of Peter and the suffix kin. The literal meaning of the surname is Little Peter, which denotes the son of Peter.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Perkynn are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Perkynn include: Perkins, Perkin, Perkyns, Perkens, Perkynn and others.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perkynn research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1327, 1327, 1558, 1602, 1649 and 1696 are included under the topic Early Perkynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perkynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Perkynn or a variant listed above:

Perkynn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Martin Perkynn, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1634
  • Thomas Perkynn, aged 29, landed in Barbados in 1635

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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: Simplex vigilum veri
Motto Translation: An honest one of the sentinels of truth.

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The Perkynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Perkynn 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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