Edkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Edkins has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived the personal name Adam. Edkins is a diminutive which means son of Adam.

Early Origins of the Edkins family

The surname Edkins was first found in Westmorland and Northumberland where they held a family seat from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066.

Early History of the Edkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Edkins research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1191, 1296, 1379, 1621, 1559, 1581, 1558, 1635, 1558, 1601, 1681, 1626, 1685, 1662, 1615, 1677, 1587, 1669, 1630, 1698, 1686, 1689, 1647, 1711, 1610, 1703, 1665, 1670, 1674 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Edkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Edkins Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Edkins have been found, including Adkin, Atkin, Atkins, Adekin, Adekyns, Adekyn, Adkins and many more.

Early Notables of the Edkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Atkins (1559?-1581), English martyr, born at Ross in Herefordshire; Henry Atkins (1558-1635), English physician, born in 1558, son of Richard Atkins of Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire; William Atkins (1601-1681), an English Jesuit; Robert Adkins (1626-1685), English ejected minister of 1662 from Chard, Somerset; Richard Atkyns (1615-1677), an English writer and printer from Gloucestershire; Sir Edward Atkyns...
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Ireland Migration of the Edkins family to Ireland

Some of the Edkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Edkins migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Edkins, or a variant listed above:

Edkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary E. Edkins, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1896
Edkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Eva Mary Edkins, aged 19, who landed in America from Birmingham, England, in 1913
  • George Thomas M. Edkins, aged 42, who immigrated to America from Victoria, Hong Kong, China, in 1914
  • Winifred Rose Edkins, aged 13, who immigrated to the United States from Victoria, Hong Kong, China, in 1914
  • Beresford H. H. Edkins, aged 44, who settled in America from Longreach, Australia, in 1918
  • David Richard Edkins, aged 6, who immigrated to the United States from St. Albans, England, in 1923

Australia Edkins migration to Australia +

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

Edkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry James Edkins, aged 19, a carpenter, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cleveland" in 1839 [1]
  • Thomas Edkins, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Edkins (post 1700) +

  • Don Edkins (b. 1953), South African international documentary filmmaker and producer
  • Joseph Edkins (1823-1905), British Protestant missionary who spent 57 years in China

The Edkins 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: Vincit cum legibus arma
Motto Translation: He wins over violence with laws

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm

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