Jonkison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jonkison is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes 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 Jonkison derived from the popular biblical name John, which comes from John the Apostle.

Early Origins of the Jonkison family

The surname Jonkison 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 Jonkison family

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

Jonkison Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Jonkison has undergone many spelling variations, including Jenkinson, Jankinson and others.

Early Notables of the Jonkison 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...
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Migration of the Jonkison family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Jonkison were among those contributors: 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 Jonkison 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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