The name Burkins is a habitational name from the civil parish of West Birkin in West Yorkshire
. The parish still exists today but remains small with a population of 146 in 2001.
Early Origins of the Burkins family
The surname Burkins was first found in Yorkshire
where one of the first records of the name was John de Birkin who held lands there in the time of King John. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands and who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Burkins family
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Burkins Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Byrkin, Birkin, Byrken, Birkyn, Byrkyn, Birken and others.
Early Notables of the Burkins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Burkins family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Burkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mabel Burkins, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1908
- Maria D. Burkins, aged 53, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, France, in 1912
- Harry Burkins, aged 31, who settled in America, in 1920