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The ancestry of the name Firkins dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived as dwellers at the bay or wide valley. The surname Firkins was primarily located at Chapel-le-Frith in the county of Derbyshire.

Firkins Early Origins



The surname Firkins was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Firkins Spelling Variations


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Firkins 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 Firkins have been found, including Frith, Fryth, Firkin and others.

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Firkins Early History


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Firkins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Firkins research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1317, 1584, 1659, 1503 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Firkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Firkins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Firkins Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Firkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Firkins In Ireland


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Firkins In Ireland



Some of the Firkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Firkins, or a variant listed above:

Firkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Firkins, aged 46, arrived in New York in 1812
  • A. Firkins, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1894

Firkins Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur James Firkins, aged 34, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Alfred Firkins, aged 21, who landed in America from Upper Arjche, in 1906
  • Albert Samuel Firkins, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Swindon, England, in 1911
  • Ruth Firkins, aged 23, who settled in New York City, N.Y., in 1912
  • Oscar W. Firkins, aged 49, who settled in Minneapolis, Minn, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Firkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Firkins, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Firkins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Firkins (post 1700)



  • Tim Firkins, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • Michael Lee Firkins (b. 1967), American Edison Award winning electric guitar player
  • Christine Lynn Firkins (b. 1983), Canadian deaf actress, best known for her role as Drew in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and the XFiles (2000)

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832

Other References

  1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Firkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Firkins 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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