Henkind History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Henkind is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived 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 Henkind family

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

Important Dates for the Henkind family

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

Henkind Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Henkind has undergone many spelling variations, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Henkind family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Henkind family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Henkind were among those contributors: George Hankin, who sailed to Virginia in 1640; Richard Hankins also to Virginia in 1652; George Hankinson to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1845 and John Hanken to Philadelphia in 1856..

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