The Jankens surname has long been associated with Wales
. This surname comes from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The surname Jankens also features the diminutive suffix -kin, which is commonly held to have been brought to Britain from the Netherlands
as early as the 12th century, when it is found as a component of the surnames of some Flemish
settlers. Generally, the Jenkin variant of this name came from the Devon- Cornwall
Early Origins of the Jankens family
The surname Jankens was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Jankens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jankens research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1625, 1685, 1582, 1663, 1722 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Jankens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jankens Spelling Variations
surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh
variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh
surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh
names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations
of particular Welsh
names are very important. The surname Jankens has occasionally been spelled Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Jankens family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Leoline Jenkins (1625-1685), Welsh
lawyer, academic, jurist and politician, Judge of the Admiralty; David Jenkins... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jankens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jankens family to Ireland
Some of the Jankens family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jankens family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh
families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Jankens Alexander, Oliver, Joanne, and William Jinkins, who all came to Virginia in 1624; Walter Jenkyns, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmund Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.