Elkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Elkins family

The surname Elkins 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 Elkins family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkins research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1310, 1447, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Elkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Elkins 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 Elkins have been found, including Elkins, Elkyns, Ellkins, Ellkens, Elkens, Elekins, Elekins, Elekyns, Elkin and many more.

Early Notables of the Elkins family (pre 1700)

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United States Elkins 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 Elkins, or a variant listed above:

Elkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jacob Jacobson Elkins who arrived in New York in 1633
  • Jacob Jacobson Elkins, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1633 [3]
  • Henry Elkins, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [3]
  • Henry Elkins who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Ralph Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Elkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [3]
Elkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Elkins, aged 55, who landed in New York in 1812 [3]
  • James Elkins, aged 39, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Isaac Elkins, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [3]
  • Isaac Elkins who settled in Alabama in 1849
  • George Elkins who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Elkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Elkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Elkins who settled in Ontario in 1871

Australia Elkins migration to Australia +

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

Elkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Richard Elkins, (b. 1820), aged 20, British Potter who was convicted in Stafford, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Asia" on 25th April 1840, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1853 [4]
  • John Elkins, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima" [5]
  • Catherine Elkins, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Olivia Elkins, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

New Zealand Elkins 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:

Elkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Arthur Elkins, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Elkins (post 1700) +

  • Stephanie W. Elkins (b. 1963), American gold medalist competition swimmer at the 1978 World Championships
  • Davis Elkins (1876-1959), American politician, United States Senator from West Virginia in 1911
  • Martin Elkins, American founder of Elkins Constructors, a privately held corporation headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida founded in 1955
  • Gary Wayne Elkins (b. 1955), American businessman and politician, Texas State Representative from District 135 (Houston) (1995-)
  • William Lukens Elkins (1832-1903), American businessman, inventor, and art collector
  • Lawrence Clayton "Larry" Elkins (b. 1943), former American football player, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994
  • Stephen Benton Elkins (1841-1911), American industrialist and politician, United States Senator from West Virginia (1895-1911), 38th United States Secretary of War (1891-1893), co-eponym of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia
  • Wilson Homer Elkins (b. 1908), American academic, President of the University of Maryland from 1954 to 1970
  • Caroline Elkins Ph.D. (b. 1969), professor of History at Harvard University and awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Hillard Elkins (1929-2010), American theatre and film producer
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Merle Elkins, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Elkins +

  • 1319 Leaves Folded Down by Louise E. Sinkler, Ancestors and Descendants of Robert Easley, Sr. & Elizabeth Earle Elkins of St. Helen Parish, Louisiana by Austin Beverly Smith.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1840
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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