Show ContentsHankin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Hankin was formed. The name was derived from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin.

"The English form was Jankin or Jenkin, but Hankin, introduced from the Low Countries, gradually naturalized itself, though it never became actually English. 'Hankin Booby was a common name for a clown': Chappell's English Songs. 'Thus for her love and loss poor Hankin dies, His amorous soul down flies.': Musarum Deliciae, 1655." [1]

Early Origins of the Hankin family

The surname Hankin was first found in Somerset, where Alexander Henekyng was listed there 1 Edward III (in the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [2]

The early London registry Rotuli Litterarum Clausarum in Turri Londinesi listed Hanekin de Fine and the Munimenta Gildhallæ Londoniensis listed Hanekyn Jocelyn. [1]

The Latin form of the name, Hankynus was listed in Oxfordshire in 1285 and in Cheshire, Hanekyn de London was listed there in 1300. Willelmus filius Hamekin was found in Lincolnshire in 1232. [3]

Again in Cheshire, Hondekin the Barbur was listed in the Assize Rolls in 1286 and later, Hugh Hankyn was in the Subsidy Rolls in 1327. In Sussex, Thomas Hamekyng was listed there in the Subsidy Rolls of 1327. [3]

Early History of the Hankin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hankin research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1761, 1761, 1782, 1787 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Hankin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hankin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Hankin include Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Hankin family (pre 1700)

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United States Hankin migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Hankin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Hankin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640
  • Georg Hankin, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [4]
Hankin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Hankin, who landed in New England in 1712 [4]
Hankin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Hankin, (b. 1867), aged 26, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Umbria" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 8th May 1893 en route to New Jersey, USA [5]

Australia Hankin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hankin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Sarah Hankin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1848 [6]

New Zealand Hankin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hankin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Hankin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853 [7]
  • Lydia Hankin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1853 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hankin (post 1700) +

  • Larry Hankin (b. 1940), American Academy Award nominated actor, performer, director and producer
  • James Hankin, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1923, 1927; Candidate for New York State Senate 37th District, 1930 [8]
  • Sean Hankin (b. 1981), English semi-professional footballer
  • Ray Hankin (b. 1956), former English footballer from Wallsend, Tyneside
  • Nigel Hankin (1920-2007), English lexicographer who lived in India
  • St. John Emile Clavering Hankin (1869-1909), British Edwardian essayist and playwright
  • Simone Hankin (b. 1973), Australian gold medalist water polo player at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Ernest Hanbury Hankin (1865-1939), British bacteriologist, aeronautical theorist and naturalist who worked in India studying malaria and cholera for most of his life

Hillsborough disaster
  • Eric Hankin (1955-1989), English staff nurse who was attending the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield, Yorkshire when the stand allocated area became overcrowded and 96 people were crushed in what became known as the Hillsborough disaster and he died from his injuries [9]

The Hankin Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vi et animo
Motto Translation: By strength and courage.

Suggested Readings for the name Hankin +

  • Plath (Plaat), Lenhart & Hankin From Germany, Illinois, Wisconsin and North Dakota by Marion Plath Peterson.
  • Sullins-Hankins by Michael S. Cole.

  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. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)
  5. Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1848. Retrieved from
  7. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 5th November 2010). Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from
  9. Hillsborough Victims (retreived 21st March 2021). Retreived from on Facebook