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Early Origins of the Elkin family

The surname Elkin was first found in Oxfordshire where Elekin (without surname) was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 1 2 The Feet of Fines for Essex listed John Elekyn there in 1310 and later Thomas Elkyns was listed in Oxfordshire in 1447. 2

Early History of the Elkin family

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Elkin Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Elkin include Elkins, Elkyns, Ellkins, Ellkens, Elkens, Elekins, Elekins, Elekyns, Elkin and many more.

Early Notables of the Elkin family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • the Elkins family of Oxfordshire

Elkin Ranking

In the United States, the name Elkin is the 10,092nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 3

United States Elkin migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Elkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 4
  • David Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 4
  • John Elkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 4
  • Robert Elkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 4
  • William Elkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1866 4

New Zealand Elkin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Elkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Elkin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • Jane Elkin, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Elkin (post 1700) +

  • William Louis Elkin (1855-1933), American astronomer, awarded the Lalande Prize in 1908
  • Carrie Elkin (b. 1974), American folk/country singer and musician
  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (1930-1995), American Jewish novelist, short story writer, and essayist
  • Stanley Lawrence Elkin (b. 1930), American author
  • Luther V. Elkin, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 12th District, 1978 5
  • Jacob Elkin, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 21st District, 1933; Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 2nd District, 1935, 1936, 1937 5
  • Fielding Clay Elkin, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1898-1905 5
  • Craig Elkin, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 5
  • Roger Elkin, English award-winning poet
  • Adolphus Peter "A. P." Elkin CMG (1891-1979), Australian Anglican clergyman and influential anthropologist

SS Caribou
  • Mr. Herbert Harold Elkin (b. 1918), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Air Force Corporal from Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking

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  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook