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
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Edkins family
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Edkins 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 Sir Robert Atkins; 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 SL (1587-1669), an English judge, Baron
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Migration of the Edkins family to Ireland
Some of the Edkins family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Edkins family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to America from Victoria, Hong Kong, China, in 1914
- Winifred Rose Edkins, aged 13, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from St. Albans, England, in 1923
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CLEVELAND 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Cleveland.htm
- Thomas Edkins, aged 35, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Lysander" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Lysander.htm
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