Makin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Welsh Makin surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' [1]

Early Origins of the Makin family

The surname Makin was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred of Wentlloog, South Wales. [2]

Early History of the Makin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Makin research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Makin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Makin Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Makin name over the years has been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

Early Notables of the Makin family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen (c. 1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who...
Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Makin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Makin family to Ireland

Some of the Makin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Makin migration to the United States +

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Makin:

Makin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Makin, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • Thomas Makin, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [3]
Makin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Makin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • James, John, Peter, and Thomas Makin all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • S H Makin, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1872 [3]

New Zealand Makin 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:

Makin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Makin, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Makin, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" arriving in Port Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand on 23rd March 1871 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Makin (post 1700) +

  • John Holmes Makin (1943-2015), American economist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Lynda Makin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000 [5]
  • Ellis F. Makin, American politician, First Selectman of Norwalk, Connecticut, 1920-21 [5]
  • Norman John Oswald Makin AO (1889-1982), Australian politician, 7th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives (1929-1932), Member of the Australian Parliament for Hindmarsh (1919-1946)
  • Elkan Rex Makin (1925-2017), English solicitor and philanthropist, noted for his involvement with the Beatles' early career and subsequently high-profile cases such as the Hillsborough and Heysel Stadium disasters
  • Kelly Makin, award-winning Canadian television and movie director

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. George  Makin, Canadian resident from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
HMS Royal Oak
  • John Henry Makin, British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [7]


  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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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