Hinkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest origins of the name Hinkins date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons. The name 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 Hinkins family

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

Early History of the Hinkins family

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

Hinkins 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 Hinkins include Hankin, Hankins, Hanking, Hankinson, Hanken and others.

Early Notables of the Hinkins family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hinkins family

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 Hinkins or a variant listed above: 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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