Makinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Welsh Makinson 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.' 
Early Origins of the Makinson family
The surname Makinson 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. 
Early History of the Makinson family
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Makinson Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Makinson have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.
Early Notables of the Makinson 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...
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Migration of the Makinson family to Ireland
Some of the Makinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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| Makinson migration to the United States ||+|
Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Makinson:
Makinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Makinson, who landed in New York in 1801 
| Makinson 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:
Makinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. James C. Makinson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
- Mrs. Kezia Makinson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Scott" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 7th March 1858 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Makinson (post 1700) ||+|
- Jessica Makinson, American actress, comedienne, and improviser
- George Albert Makinson (b. 1886), American politician, U.S. Consul in Valparaiso, 1922-25; Callao-Lima, 1925-29; Birmingham, 1932; U.S. Consul General in Osaka, 1938; Barcelona, 1943 
- David John Makinson (b. 1961), former English cricketer
- Joseph Makinson (1836-1914), English amateur cricketer and lawyer who played first-class cricket from 1856 to 1873
- John Makinson CBE, English Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Penguin Group and Chairman of The National Theatre
- Richard Elliss Bodenham "R.E.B" Makinson (1913-1979), Australian physicist
- Thomas Makinson (b. 1991), professional English rugby league player
- David Clement Makinson D.Phil (b. 1941), Australian mathematical logician in London, England
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- 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)
- New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html