Origins Available: English
The Jenkyn surname is derived from the Middle English given name Jenkin, which was in turn created from a diminutive of the name John, with the suffix "kin," added to the name. Generally, the Jenkin variant of this name came from the Devon- Cornwall
Early Origins of the Jenkyn family
The surname Jenkyn was first found in Sussex
where Richard Janekyn was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1296. Other early records of the name include Richard Jenkins, listed in the Somerset Subsidy Rolls
in 1327, William Jonkyn, recorded in the "Calendar of Inquisitiones post mortem" in 1297, Alicia Jonkyn, listed in the Poll Tax
in 1379, well as William Jankins, recorded in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Jenkyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jenkyn research.Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1602, 1565, 1584, 1607, 1689, 1731, 1739, 1598, 1678, 1613, 1685, 1681, 1672, 1675, 1676, 1677, 1680 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Jenkyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jenkyn Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins, Jenkings and many more.
Early Notables of the Jenkyn family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Jenkins (1598-1678), an English composer born in Maidstone, Kent
, who served as a musician to the Royal and noble families and composed many pieces for strings; William Jenkyn (1613-1685)... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jenkyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jenkyn family to Ireland
Some of the Jenkyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 Jenkyn family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Jenkyn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Jenkyn, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "William Prowse" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 21st August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Prowse 1856. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/williamprowse1854.shtml
Jenkyn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E. Jenkyn, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1869
The Jenkyn 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: Perge sed caute
Motto Translation: Advance but cautiously .