Show ContentsCalkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Calkin is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the given name Nicholas. Col was a common diminutive of the name Nicholas, and kin was often used to denote "son of." The name as a whole meant "son of Nicholas."

Early Origins of the Calkin family

The surname Calkin was first found in Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Calkin family

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Calkin Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Calkin has undergone many spelling variations, including Colkin, Colkins, Colekyn, Colkyn, Colking, Calking and many more.

Early Notables of the Calkin family (pre 1700)

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United States Calkin migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Calkin were among those contributors:

Calkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Calkin, who arrived in New London, Connecticut in 1638 [1]

Australia Calkin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Calkin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Calkin, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Calkin (post 1700) +

  • Parker Calkin, United States Antarctic Research Program geologist, eponym of the Calkin Glacier, a glacier just west of Sentinel Peak, Antarctica
  • First Sergeant Ivers S. Calkin (1836-1902), American soldier who fought in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Sayler's Creek in Virginia on 6 April 1865
  • Jeanine Calkin, American politician from the state of Rhode Island (2021-)
  • John Williams "Jack" Calkin (1909-1964), American mathematician for which Calkin algebra is named
  • Hervey Chittenden Calkin (1828-1913), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Samuel Calkin, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 15th District, 2010 [3]
  • R. C. Calkin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956 [3]
  • Alonzo A. Calkin, American Republican politician, Chair of Sullivan County Republican Party, 1910 [3]
  • Allan G. Calkin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [3]
  • John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905), English composer, organist and music teacher from London
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  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from on Facebook