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Where did the English Jinks family come from? What is the English Jinks family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jinks family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jinks family history?

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jinks has been recorded under many different variations, including Jenks, Jenkes, Jinks, Jinkes, Chenks, Chenkes and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat in the 13th century. The name could have also been a baptismal name as in "son of John" which was a diminutive of Jenkin and this was later modified to Jenks and Jinks. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jinks research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1241, 1396, 1439, 1982, 1455, 1487, 1602, 1682, 1654, 1632, 1717, 1645, 1671, 1656, 1740, 1656 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Jinks History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jinks Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jinks or a variant listed above:

Jinks Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • D Jinks, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Thos. Jinks, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1896

Jinks Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George W. K. Jinks, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Devonport, England, in 1907
  • John Jinks, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Alloa, Scotland, in 1907
  • William Jinks, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Annie Jinks, aged 33, who landed in America from Graigue, Ireland, in 1915
  • Jane Jinks, aged 21, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1916


Jinks Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Edmund Jinks, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Jinks Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Gladys Mary Jinks, aged 26, who emigrated to Alberta, Canada, in 1916
  • Herbt Edwd Jinks, aged 32, who settled in Alberta, Canada, in 1916
  • Thomas Jinks, aged 33, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1921

Jinks Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Jinks, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

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  • Dan Jinks, American Academy Award, BAFTA, and two-time PGA award winning film and television producer
  • James Thomas Jinks (b. 1916), English footballer
  • John Leonard Jinks (1929-1987), British geneticist
  • Catherine Jinks (b. 1963), Australian author, three-time Children's Book Council Of Australia Book of the Year Award winner
  • Fred Jinks (b. 1880), Australian rules footballer
  • John Jinks (d. 1934), Irish politician


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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Jinks Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jinks 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.

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