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The surname Filkin was a patronymic surname, created from a form of the medieval personal name Philip. It was also a habitational name from a place name in Oxfordshire. Forms of the name such as de Filking(es) are found in this region from the 12th and 13th centuries.
The surname Filkin was first found in Oxfordshire at Filkins is a village in the civil parish of Filkins and Broughton Poggs. The village dates back to the 12th century when it was listed as Filching. The place name probably means "settlement of the family or followers of a man called Filica," from the Old English personal name + "-ingas."  However, the first record of the surname was found in Cheshire in the 13th century when Filkin family held estates there at that time.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Filkin family name include Filkin, Filkyn, Fylkin, Fulkin, Fulkyn, Filkins, Philkin, Phylkin, Filken, Felkin and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Filkin research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1549, 1453, 1583, 1510, 1600, 1045, 1424, 1505, 1535, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Filkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Filkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Filkin surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Filkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Filkin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Filkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Filkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Filkin 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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