Parkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Parkin are thought to have lived among the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Peter. In the religious naming tradition surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. In this case the surname Parkin was taken from the ever popular St. Peter.

Early Origins of the Parkin family

The surname Parkin was first found in Lancashire 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.

Early History of the Parkin family

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Parkin Spelling Variations

Parkin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Parkin have been found, including Parkinson, Parkinsone, Parkison and others.

Early Notables of the Parkin family (pre 1700)

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Parkin Ranking

In the United States, the name Parkin is the 8,999th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in the United Kingdom, the name Parkin is ranked the 502nd most popular surname with an estimated 12,888 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Parkin family to Ireland

Some of the Parkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Parkin migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Parkins to arrive on North American shores:

Parkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Parkin, who landed in Virginia in 1640 [3]
Parkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Parkin, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • James Parkin, aged 31, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [3]
  • Mr. C. Parkin, (b. 1821), aged 20, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 3 June 1841 [4]
  • G Parkin, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Charles Parkin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Parkin migration to Australia +

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

Parkin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Parkin, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 27th April 1833, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Jonathan Parkin, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William Parkin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [7]
  • Sarah Mary Parkin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [7]
  • Samuel Parkin, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Parkin 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:

Parkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Parkin, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Edward Parkin, aged 34, a timber carrier, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [9]
  • Ellen Parkin, aged 36, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [9]
  • Maria Parkin, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [9]
  • Ellen Parkin, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Parkin migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Parkin Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Edward Parkin, who arrived in Barbados in 1664 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Parkin (post 1700) +

  • Jerry Parkin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1972 [11]
  • E. J. Parkin, American politician, Mayor of Bozeman, Montana, 1921 [11]
  • Timothy John "Tim" Parkin (b. 1957), English former footballer
  • Stephen John "Steve" Parkin (b. 1965), English former footballer and manager from Mansfield
  • Samuel "Sam" Parkin (b. 1981), English professional footballer from Roehampton, Surrey
  • Jonathan "Jon" Parkin (b. 1981), English football striker from Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Cecil Harry "Cec" Parkin (1886-1943), English cricketer
  • Ray Parkin (1911-1971), English footballer
  • Mr. Andrew Michael Parkin B.E.M., British Firefighter for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Equality, to Diversity and to Inclusion, and to Mental Health [12]
  • Andrew Philip Parkin (b. 1961), Welsh professional golfer
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 12th December 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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