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The Larkins surname is derived from a diminutive of the medieval given name Lawrence with the suffix "-kin." [1]

Early Origins of the Larkins family

The surname Larkins was first found in Sussex where one of the first records of the name was Adam Lartkyn who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls there in 1296. The same rolls also lists Thomas Lorekyn at about the same time. [2]

Early History of the Larkins family

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Larkins Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Larkins were encountered in the archives: Larkin, Larkins, Larking, Lorkin, Lorking and many more.

Early Notables of the Larkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Lorkin (c.1528-1591), an English churchman, academic and physician, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge from 1564; and William Larkin (early...
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Larkins Ranking

In the United States, the name Larkins is the 5,660th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

United States Larkins migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Larkins family came to North America quite early:

Larkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Larkins, aged 30, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [4]
  • G Larkins, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Francis, James, John, Mathew, Michael, and Patrick Larkins, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Canada Larkins migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Larkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Australia Larkins migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Larkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Catherine Larkins, (Larkin), (b. 1799), aged 27, Irish servant who was convicted in Cavan, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as having 1 child on board [6]
  • George Larkins, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]

New Zealand Larkins migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Larkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Larkins, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1864
  • Hugh Larkins, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Larkins (post 1700) +

  • Erlana La'Nay Larkins (b. 1986), American professional basketball player for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
  • Ellis Larkins (1923-2002), American jazz pianist, best known for his two recordings with Ella Fitzgerald
  • Richard C. "Dick" Larkins (1909-1977), American athletic director at the Ohio State University from 1947 to 1970
  • John Davis Larkins Jr. (1909-1990), American Democratic Party politician and jurist, Member of North Carolina State Senate 7th District, 1936-44, 1948-54, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina (1961–1979) [8]
  • Elijah Pat Larkins (1942-2009), American politician, Mayor of Pompano Beach, Florida, 1985 [8]
  • Carroll Larkins, American politician, Representative from Kentucky 3rd District, 1894 [8]
  • Noble G. Larkins, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 [8]
  • Wayne Larkins (b. 1953), former English cricketer
  • Paul Larkins (b. 1963), English former middle-distance runner, active in the 1980s
  • William Larkins (d. 1800), British member of the Royal Society elected 14 April 1796, and accountant in Bengal for the British East India Company
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  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  7. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook