Dinkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Dinkins family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Dinkins is derived from the Gaelic personal name "Donnchad," which means "brown warrior". The personal name Donnchad is composed of two elements; "donn," which means "brown" and "cath," which means "warrior".
Early Origins of the Dinkins family
The surname Dinkins was first found in Northumberland, where they held great estates but were a branch of the distinguished Scottish Clan of Duncan who were originally of Iona in the Hebrides, but changed their name and continued to use the basic Coat of Arms of the Duncan Clan.
Early History of the Dinkins family
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Dinkins Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Dinkins include Donkin, Downkin, Donking, Donken, Downken and others.
Early Notables of the Dinkins family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name Dinkins is the 4,608th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
Migration of the Dinkins family
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dinkins arrived in North America very early: Patrick Donkin arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dinkins (post 1700) +
- David Norman Dinkins (1927-2020), American politician, lawyer, and author, 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993, the only African American to hold that office
- Grace-Ann Dinkins (b. 1966), American Olympic-class track and field athlete
- Byron Stewart Dinkins (b. 1967), retired American professional basketball player
- Darnell Joseph Dinkins (b. 1977), American football tight end
- John Grier Dinkins (d. 1966), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Clarendon County, 1943-46 
- Harvey Dinkins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956 
- E. D. Dinkins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924 
- Langdon Dinkins Jennings, American politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Sumter County, 1941-42 
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The Dinkins Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Disce pati
Motto Translation: Learn to suffer.