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The surname Elkin was first found in Oxfordshire where Elekin (without surname) was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Feet of Fines for Essex listed John Elekyn there in 1310 and later Thomas Elkyns was listed in Oxfordshire in 1447. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Elkin include Elkins, Elkyns, Ellkins, Ellkens, Elkens, Elekins, Elekins, Elekyns, Elkin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkin research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1447, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Elkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Elkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Elkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • David Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • John Elkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • Robert Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866
  • William Elkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866

Elkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Elkin arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Jane Elkin, aged 36, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
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  • William Louis Elkin (1855-1933), American astronomer, awarded the Lalande Prize in 1908
  • Carrie Elkin (b. 1974), American folk/country singer and musician
  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (1930-1995), American Jewish novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • Luther V. Elkin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1978
  • Jacob Elkin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 1933; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 2nd District, 1935, 1936, 1937
  • Fielding Clay Elkin, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1898-1905
  • Craig Elkin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972
  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (b. 1930), American author
  • Roger Elkin, English award-winning poet
  • Adolphus Peter "A. P." Elkin CMG (1891-1979), Australian Anglican clergyman and influential anthropologist
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Citations



  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)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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The Elkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elkin 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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