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Origins Available: English, Welsh


The Jenks 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 Jenks 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.

Jenks Early Origins



The surname Jenks 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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Jenks Spelling Variations


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Jenks Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Jenks have included Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.

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Jenks Early History


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Jenks Early History



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

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Jenks Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jenks 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 Jenks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jenks In Ireland


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Jenks In Ireland



Some of the Jenks 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



Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Jenks:

Jenks Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Jenks, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1643
  • William Jenks, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Richard Jenks, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1666

Jenks Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • David Jenks, who arrived in Ohio in 1798

Jenks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Theodore Jenks, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • James Jenks, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Jenks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Jenks, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  • Edward Jenks, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  • Josiah Jenks, English Convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Jenks Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rebecca Jenks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • David Jenks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • Rebecca Jenks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
  • Fanny Jenks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870
  • Eveline Jenks arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jenks (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jenks (post 1700)



  • Francis Henry Jenks (1838-1894), American 19th century theater critic
  • William Jackson Jenks (1870-1960), American 70 year veteran of railroading
  • Almet Francis Jenks (1853-1924), American lawyer and politician
  • Arthur Whipple Jenks (1863-1922), American Episcopal theologian
  • Dave Jenks, American author and businessperson
  • Arthur Byron Jenks (1866-1947), U.S. Representative from New Hampshire
  • Phineas Jenks (1781-1851), American medical doctor and a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Alden Jenks (b. 1940), American composer
  • C. Wilfred Jenks (1909-1973), English international lawyer and director-general of the International Labour Organization
  • Walter Jenks (1864-1935), English eminent Anglican priest
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Jenks


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Suggested Readings for the name Jenks



  • Genealogy of the Jenks Family of Newport N.H. by George Edwin Jenks.

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Jenks Family Crest Products


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

The Jenks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jenks 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 10 June 2016 at 20:46.

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