Show ContentsFilkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Filkins 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.

Early Origins of the Filkins family

The surname Filkins 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." [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.

Early History of the Filkins family

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Filkins Spelling Variations

Filkins has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Filkin, Filkyn, Fylkin, Fulkin, Fulkyn, Filkins, Philkin, Phylkin, Filken, Felkin and many more.

Early Notables of the Filkins family (pre 1700)

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Filkins Ranking

In the United States, the name Filkins is the 12,428th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Filkins migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Filkinss to arrive on North American shores:

Filkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Filkins, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Filkins (post 1700) +

  • Leslie William Filkins Jr. (b. 1956), American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1975 to 1983
  • Perry Filkins (b. 1988), American professional mixed martial artist
  • Delina Filkins (1815-1928), née Ecker, an American supercentenarian who reached that age of 113 years 214 days
  • Peter Filkins, American poet and literary translator
  • Zachary Douglas "Zach" Filkins (b. 1978), American musician and model, the lead guitarist of the pop rock band OneRepublic
  • Dexter Price Filkins (b. 1961), American journalist, known for his coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for the New York Times

USS Arizona
  • Mr. George Arthur Filkins, American Coxswain from Minnesota, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook