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Where did the English Dawkins family come from? What is the English Dawkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dawkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dawkins family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Dawkins comes from the personal name David. Daw was a common diminutive of David in the Middle Ages. The surname is a compound of daw and kin, and literally means "the kin of David." Over time there were changes in pronunciation and spelling, leading to many different variants of the name.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dawkins has appeared include Dakin, Dakins, Dakyn, Daykin, Daykins, Daken, Deakin, Daikins, Daikyns, Daikin, Dayken, Daiken, Deakyn, Deake, Deaken and many more.

First found in Rutland where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawkins research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1691, 1654 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Dawkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dawkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dawkins arrived in North America very early:

Dawkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Dawkins, who landed in Maryland in 1656

Dawkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dawkins, aged 36, arrived in Missouri in 1846
  • James Dawkins, aged 38, arrived in Missouri in 1847
  • Ivor Dawkins, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Dawkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. William Dawkins U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 248 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York

Dawkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dawkins, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Dawkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Ann Dawkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Samuel Dawkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839
  • Anne Dawkins arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839

Dawkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Dawkins, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Minnie Dawkins arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "British King" in 1883


  • Darryl Dawkins (1957-2015), American professional basketball player for the 76ers and New Jersey Nets, nicknamed "Chocolate Thunder"
  • Benjamin Cornwell Dawkins Sr. (1881-1966), United States federal judge
  • Ernest Dawkins, American jazz saxophonist
  • Travis Sentell "Gookie" Dawkins (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball shortstop
  • James Henry "Jimmy" Dawkins (b. 1936), American blues guitarist and singer
  • Johnny Earl Dawkins Jr. (b. 1963), retired American basketball player
  • Brian Patrick Dawkins (b. 1973), American football safety
  • Peter Miller Dawkins (b. 1938), American Rhodes Scholar and former Heisman Trophy winner, U.S. Army Brigadier General, and Republican candidate for Senate
  • Joshua George "Josh" Dawkins (b. 1992), English-born Welsh footballer
  • Peter Dawkins (b. 1946), English author, teacher, consultant and leader of workshops



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The Dawkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dawkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 August 2015 at 08:51.

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