Jonkinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jonkinson is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came 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 Jonkinson derived from the popular biblical name John, which comes from John the Apostle.

Early Origins of the Jonkinson family

The surname Jonkinson 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 Jonkinson family

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

Jonkinson Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jonkinson include Jenkinson, Jankinson and others.

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

Migration of the Jonkinson family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Frances and Oliver Jenkinson settled in Virginia in 1623 with Robert; B.A. Jessie, John, Joseph, Mathew, Robert, Thomas and William Jenkinson all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..



The Jonkinson 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)


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