Hankinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Hankinson family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Hankinson comes from the baptismal name John, which was originally derived from the diminutive Johan-kin. As the naming tradition grew in Europe baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honor of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hankinson family

The surname Hankinson was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Important Dates for the Hankinson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hankinson research. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1761 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Hankinson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hankinson Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hankinson include Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Hankinson family (pre 1700)

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Hankinson migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hankinson or a variant listed above:

Hankinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Hankinson, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • George Hankinson traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1845

Hankinson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hankinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Reuben Hankinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hankinson (post 1700)

  • John Crimmins Hankinson, American banker
  • R. H. Hankinson, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Dakota, 1908 [3]
  • Henry Hankinson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly, 1806-08, 1834 [3]
  • Deborah Hankinson, American Republican politician, Justice of Texas State Supreme Court; Elected 1998 [3]
  • Aaron Hankinson, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1782-92 [3]
  • James Hankinson, Executive Vice-President of Canadian Pacific Ltd
  • Sir Walter Crossfield Hankinson, Australian born diplomat who served as the UK High Commissioner in Ceylon and British Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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