Henkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Henkinson is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Henkinson family
The surname Henkinson was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from very early times.
Important Dates for the Henkinson family
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Henkinson 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 Henkinson have been found, including Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.
Early Notables of the Henkinson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Henkinson family
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. Among the first immigrants of the name Henkinson, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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..