The Chenkin surname has long been associated with Wales
. This surname comes from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The surname Chenkin also features the diminutive suffix -kin, which is commonly held to have been brought to Britain from the Netherlands
as early as the 12th century, when it is found as a component of the surnames of some Flemish
settlers. Generally, the Jenkin variant of this name came from the Devon- Cornwall
Early Origins of the Chenkin family
The surname Chenkin was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Chenkin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chenkin research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1625, 1685, 1582, 1663, 1722 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Chenkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chenkin Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Chenkin name over the years has been spelled Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Chenkin family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Leoline Jenkins (1625-1685), Welsh
lawyer, academic, jurist and politician, Judge of the Admiralty; David Jenkins... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chenkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chenkin family to Ireland
Some of the Chenkin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chenkin family to the New World and Oceana
joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh
families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh
immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Chenkin: Alexander, Oliver, Joanne, and William Jinkins, who all came to Virginia in 1624; Walter Jenkyns, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmund Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.