Antin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Antin are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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 Antin family

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

Important Dates for the Antin family

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

Antin 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. Antin has been spelled many different ways, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Antin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Antin 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 Antins 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Antin (post 1700)

  • David Abraham Antin (1932-2016), American poet, critic and performance artist
  • Benjamin Antin (1884-1956), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Bronx County 3rd District, 1921-22; Member of New York State Senate 22nd District, 1923-30 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 1) . Retrieved from
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