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

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Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Mankin has occasionally been spelled Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

First found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mankin research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Mankin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mankin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Mankin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Mankin

Mankin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Mankin, who arrived in Maryland in 1666

Mankin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Ester Mankin, aged 8, who emigrated to America from Hull, in 1904
  • Sarah Mankin, aged 68, who emigrated to the United States from Kingston, in 1907
  • John M Mankin, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1919
  • Abraham Mankin, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1920
  • Thos. Hillary Mankin, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1921


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  • Jack H. Mankin, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1950, 1952
  • Helen Douglas Mankin (1896-1956), American politician, Member of Georgia State Legislature, 1937; U.S. Representative from Georgia 5th District, 1946-47; Defeated (Independent), 1946
  • Helen Douglas Mankin (1896-1956), American politician, the second woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives (1946-1947)
  • Hart T. Mankin (d. 1995), General Counsel of the Navy from 1971 to 1973
  • Valentyn Grigoryevich Mankin (b. 1938), retired Soviet/Ukrainian sailor, three times Olympic champion for the USSR team
  • Romi Mankin (b. 1947), Estonian physicist


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The Mankin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mankin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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