The name Jenkerson is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of Jenkin,
which was a diminutive of John. Baptismal names are a type of patronymic
surname, which come from religious and vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the surname Jenkerson derived from the popular biblical name John, which comes from John the Apostle.
Early Origins of the Jenkerson family
The surname Jenkerson was first found in Yorkshire
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 Jenkerson family
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Jenkerson Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Jenkerson has been spelled many different ways, including Jenkinson, Jankinson and others.
Early Notables of the Jenkerson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jenkerson family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Jenkersons to arrive in North America: 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 Jenkerson 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.
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