Anknay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Anknay is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and 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.

Early Origins of the Anknay family

The surname Anknay was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Anknay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anknay research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Anknay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Anknay Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Anknay has been spelled many different ways, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Anknay family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anknay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Anknay family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Anknays to arrive in North America: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..

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