Janekyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Janekyn came from the baptismal name for the son of Jenkin, which was a diminutive of John. [1]

Baptismal names are a type of patronymic surname, which come from religious and vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Janekyn derived from the popular biblical name John, which comes from John the Apostle.

Early Origins of the Janekyn family

The surname Janekyn was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 include Robert (Robertus) Jonkinson and Johannes Jonkynson as holding lands there at that time. (Bardlsey)

Years later, William Jenkynson was listed as a Freeman of York in 1484. [1]

Early History of the Janekyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janekyn research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1780, 1611, 1546, 1553, 1555, 1557, 1727, 1808, 1750, 1677, 1661 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Janekyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Janekyn Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Janekyn family name include Jenkinson, Jankinson and others.

Early Notables of the Janekyn family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Anthony Jenkinson (d. 1611), English explorer, merchant, sea-captain, and traveller. When still a youth he was sent, in 1546, into the Levant as training for a mercantile career. " In 1553 he was at Aleppo, and wrote an account of the entry of Solyman the Great on 4 Nov. From Solyman he obtained a ‘safe-conduct or privilege,’ permitting him to trade in Turkish ports, ‘with his ship or ships or other vessels,’ without hindrance, and free of any extraordinary custom or toll. In 1555 he was admitted a member of the Mercers' Company, and in...
Another 139 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Janekyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Janekyn family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Janekyn surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Frances and Oliver Jenkinson settled in Virginia in 1623 with Robert; B.A. Jessie, John, Joseph, Mathew, Robert, Thomas and William Jenkinson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..



The Janekyn Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pareo non servo
Motto Translation: I am obedient no servile.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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