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The Jenkins 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 Jenkins 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 region.

Jenkins Early Origins



The surname Jenkins 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.

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Jenkins Spelling Variations


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Jenkins Spelling Variations



There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Jenkins have included Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.

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Jenkins Early History


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Jenkins Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jenkins 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 Jenkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jenkins Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jenkins Early Notables (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 Jenkins Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jenkins In Ireland


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Jenkins In Ireland



Some of the Jenkins 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Jenkins:

Jenkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John, Joan, Mary, and Thomas Jenkins, who all came to Virginia in 1623
  • Sarah Jenkins, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Edmund Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Jenkins, aged 27, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Edward Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jenkins Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ellinor Jenkins, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Dorman Jenkins, who landed in North Carolina in 1701
  • Jones Jenkins, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Jane Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Morris Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jenkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Launcelot Jenkins, who landed in America in 1802
  • Roger Jenkins, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Henry Jenkins, who arrived in Maryland in 1805
  • Benjamin Jenkins, aged 55, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Jenkins, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jenkins Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Peter Jenkins, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Lt. John Jenkins U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the New Jersey Volunteers 2nd Battalion [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Jenkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Jenkins, aged 42, a tailor, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • Bridget Jenkins, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • Philippa Jenkins, aged 14, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • William Jenkins, aged 12, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • George Jenkins, aged 50, a chordwinder, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Alchymist" from Falmouth, Cornwall, England
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jenkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jenkins, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Samuel Jenkins, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Thomas Jenkins, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  • Isaac Jenkins, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • James Jenkins, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jenkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Jenkins landed in Mana, New Zealand in 1837 aboard the ship Louisa
  • Robert Jenkins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1839
  • Robert Jenkins arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
  • John Jenkins landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr Jenkins landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Lord Auckland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jenkins (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jenkins (post 1700)



  • Richard Dale Jenkins (b. 1947), American Primetime Emmy Award winning actor
  • Paul Jenkins (1939-2013), American television actor, known for his roles in M*A*S*H, Columbo, Lou Grant, Kojak, The Partridge Family, Starsky and Hutch and as Professor Parks in The Waltons
  • Chris Jenkins, American two-time Academy Award winning sound engineer
  • Charles Francis Jenkins (1867-1934), American pioneer of early cinema, one of the inventors of television, founder of Charles Jenkins Laboratories, who held over 400 patents
  • Charles Lamont "Chip" Jenkins Jr. (b. 1964), American gold medalist runner at the 1992 Summer Olympics, son of Charlie Jenkins Sr
  • Charles "Charlie" Lamont Jenkins (1934-1956), American two-time gold medalist runner at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Carlos Edward Jenkins (b. 1968), former American NFL football linebacker
  • Albert Gallatin Jenkins (1830-1864), American attorney, planter, and politician, Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War
  • Lieutenant-General Reuben Ellis Jenkins (1896-1975), American Commanding General X Corps, Korea (1953)
  • Leslie Janet Jenkins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980
  • ... (Another 179 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Jenkins Historic Events


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Jenkins Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Harold Jenkins, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James Jenkins, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Jenkins, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Francis Bertram Jenkins, English 1st Class Passenger residing in Chicago, Illinois, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  11. ...

The Jenkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jenkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 21 November 2016 at 11:35.

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