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

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkin research. Another 164 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.

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

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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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  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (b. 1930), American author
  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (1930-1995), American Jewish novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • Carrie Elkin (b. 1974), American folk/country singer and musician
  • William Louis Elkin (1855-1933), American astronomer who won the Lalande Prize (1908)
  • Roger Elkin, English award-winning poet
  • Adolphus Peter "A. P." Elkin CMG (1891-1979), Australian Anglican clergyman and influential anthropologist


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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.

This page was last modified on 24 May 2014 at 20:09.

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