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Where did the English Filkin family come from? What is the English Filkin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Filkin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Filkin family history?

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.

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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.

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." [1] However, the first record of the surname was found in Cheshire in the 13th century when Filkin family held estates there at that time.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Filkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Robert Filkin, who landed in Virginia in 1656

Filkin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Owen, Peter, and Robert Filkin all received land grants in Virginia between 1656 and 1713

Filkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • J. H. Filkin arrived by ship in San Francisco in 1852

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  • David Geoffrey Nigel Filkin CBE (b. 1944), Baron Filkin, a British Labour politician, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Democratic Change
  • Elizabeth Jill Filkin CBE (1940-1999), British public functionary and former civil servant, Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards (1999-2002)


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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. 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.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 10 November 2014 at 16:49.

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