Jenkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jenkinson family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes 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 Jenkinson derived from the popular biblical name John, which comes from John the Apostle.

Early Origins of the Jenkinson family

The surname Jenkinson 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 Jenkinson family

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

Jenkinson Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Jenkinson include Jenkinson, Jankinson and others.

Early Notables of the Jenkinson 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 Jenkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jenkinson Ranking

In the United States, the name Jenkinson is the 17,718th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Jenkinson is ranked the 877th most popular surname with an estimated 7,803 people with that name. [3]


United States Jenkinson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Jenkinson were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Jenkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Frances and Oliver Jenkinson, who settled in Virginia in 1623 with Robert
  • Oliver Jenkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Robert Jenkinson, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Fra Jenkinson, aged 28, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Fred Jenkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1654 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jenkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Jenkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
Jenkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ann Jenkinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Elizabeth Jenkinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • Isaac Jenkinson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [4]
  • James Jenkinson, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1812 [4]
  • Richard F Jenkinson, aged 26, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Jenkinson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jenkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Daniel Jenkinson U.E. (b. 1754) who settled in Kingston, Kings County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1827 [5]

Australia Jenkinson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jenkinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Jenkinson, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Robert Jenkinson, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Eliza" on 25th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Richard Napoleon Jenkinson, English miner who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Eleanor Harriet Jenkinson, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [9]
  • James Jenkinson, aged 24, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Jenkinson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jenkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J.H. Jenkinson, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Blundell" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 21st September 1848 [10]
  • Joseph Jenkinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Ann Jenkinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • William Jenkinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Clara Jenkinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jenkinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Jenkinson, aged 31, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Alfred Jenkinson, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Arthur Jenkinson, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name Jenkinson (post 1700) +

  • Clay S. Jenkinson (b. 1955), American author
  • Denis Jenkinson (1921-1997), English motorsport journalist and author, continental correspondent for 'Motor Sport'
  • Leigh Jenkinson (b. 1969), English footballer
  • David Jenkinson (1934-2004), English railway modeler and historian
  • Charles Jenkinson PC (1727-1808), 1st Earl of Liverpool, British statesman, descendant of Anthony Jenkinson
  • Robert Banks Jenkinson (1770-1828), 2nd Earl of Liverpool, British Prime Minister 1812-1827
  • Kate Jenkinson, Australian actress
  • Margaret Jenkinson Kearns (1897-1982), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1932 [11]


The Jenkinson 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)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th February 2022). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eliza
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canton
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HYDASPES 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Hydaspes.htm
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 6) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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