Show ContentsInkpen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Inkpen comes from when the family resided in the region of Inkpen near Hungerford in Berkshire. Inkpen is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Early Origins of the Inkpen family

The surname Inkpen was first found in West Berkshire at Inkpen, a village and civil parish that dates back to Saxon times when the village was named Ingepenne c. 935. 1 By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the village's name was Hingepene 2 and was literally derived from the Old English words "ing" (meaning hill or peak) and the Celtic or Old English word "penn" (meaning hill or enclosure.) 1

The manor of Pillaton in Cornwall which in Doomsday Survey is called Pileton, belonged to the Earl of Moreton at that time. This manor, about the reign of Edward I. was in the family of Inkpen. "It was afterwards the property of John Charles, Esq. of whose heiress this manor and that of Hardenfast were purchased by Thomas Moone, Esq. about 1620." 3

Early History of the Inkpen family

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Inkpen Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Inkpen has been recorded under many different variations, including Inkpen, Inkpin, Ingpen and others.

Early Notables of the Inkpen family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Nicholas Inkpen of Berkshire

Ireland Migration of the Inkpen family to Ireland

Some of the Inkpen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Inkpen migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Inkpen or a variant listed above:

Inkpen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Inkpen, who settled in New England in 1756
Inkpen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Chas. Thomas Inkpen, aged 22, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Annie Eliza Inkpen, aged 60, who immigrated to the United States from Stoke-Under-Ham, England, in 1919

Canada Inkpen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Inkpen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Hattie Inkpen, aged 42, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1922
  • Margaret Inkpen, aged 19, who settled in Burin, Newfoundland, in 1922
  • Raymond Inkpen, aged 4, who immigrated to Burin, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • Violet Inkpen, aged 2, who settled in Burin, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • George Inkpen, aged 24, who immigrated to Burin, Newfoundland, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Inkpen (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Inkpen (b. 1949), English former track and field athlete
  • Dave Inkpen (b. 1954), Canadian professional (WHA) ice hockey player
  • Mick Inkpen (b. 1952), British graphic artist and children's book writer and illustrator

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Reginald S Inkpen (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Circklade, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 4

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook