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The surname Elkins was first found in Oxfordshire where Elekin (without surname) was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Feet of Fines for Essex listed John Elekyn there in 1310 and later Thomas Elkyns was listed in Oxfordshire in 1447. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Elkins research. Another 163 words (12 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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Elkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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, landed in New York in 1633
  • Henry Elkins, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Henry Elkins who settled in Boston in 1635
  • Ralph Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1657
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Elkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Elkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

Elkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Elkins, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • James Elkins, aged 39, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Isaac Elkins, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Isaac Elkins who settled in Alabama in 1849
  • George Elkins who arrived in San Francisco in 1850
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Elkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Elkins who settled in Ontario in 1871

Elkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Elkins, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Fatima"
  • Catherine Elkins, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • Olivia Elkins, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

Elkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Elkins, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875
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  • 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
  • Davis Elkins (1876-1959), American Republican politician, U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1911, 1919-25; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1916
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  • 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.
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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Elkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Elkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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