Jinkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Jinkins 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 Jinkins 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.
Early Origins of the Jinkins family
The surname Jinkins 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.
Important Dates for the Jinkins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jinkins research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1625, 1685, 1582, 1663, 1722 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Jinkins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jinkins Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Jinkins has occasionally been spelled Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Jinkins family (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...
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Migration of the Jinkins family to Ireland
Some of the Jinkins family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Jinkins migration to the United States
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Jinkins:
Jinkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Alexander, Oliver, Joanne, and William Jinkins, who all, who settled in Virginia in 1624
- Robert Jinkins, who landed in Virginia in 1659 
- Evan Jinkins, who landed in New England in 1661 
Jinkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Morgan Jinkins, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 
Contemporary Notables of the name Jinkins (post 1700)
- Ralph M. Jinkins, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Illinois State Senate 22nd District, 1940 
- ^ 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)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html