Parkins History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Parkins is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Peter. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames. In this case the surname Parkins was originally derived from two elements; per a form of Peter and the suffix kin. The literal meaning of the surname is Little Peter, which denotes the son of Peter.

Early Origins of the Parkins family

The surname Parkins was first found in Leicestershire 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.

Important Dates for the Parkins family

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Parkins Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Parkins has undergone many spelling variations, including Perkins, Perkin, Perkyns, Perkens, Perkynn and others.

Early Notables of the Parkins family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Perkins or Parkins (died 1545), an English jurist; he may have been the John Perkins who was a groom of the royal chamber in 1516. William Perkins (1558-1602) was English Puritan theologian and Sir Christopher Perkins or Parkins (1547-1622) was an English diplomatist, master of requests and dean of Carlisle. Another Christopher Perkins was elected scholar at Winchester...
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Parkins migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Parkins were among those contributors:

Parkins Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Parkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Andrew Parkins, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Gressam Parkins, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Parkins, who arrived in Maryland in 1674 [1]
Parkins Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Parkins, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1862 [1]

Parkins migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Parkins Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Parkins, who landed in Canada in 1829

Parkins migration to Australia

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

Parkins Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Benjamin Parkins, (b. 1816), aged 32, Cornish miner from St. Stephen, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walmer Castle" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th December 1848 [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Parkins, (b. 1814), aged 34, Cornish settler from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walmer Castle" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th December 1848 [2]
  • Miss Parkins, (b. 1848), aged Infant, Cornish settler born aboard the ship "Walmer Castle" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 30th December 1848 [2]
  • Mr. Samuel Parkins, (b. 1813), aged 36, Cornish miner from St. Stephens, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walter Morrice" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th February 1849 [2]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Parkins, (b. 1820), aged 29, English settler from Ivybridge, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Walter Morrice" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th February 1849 [2]
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Parkins 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:

Parkins Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph W. Parkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Harkaway" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 2nd June 1857 [3]
  • Dr. Parkins, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Donna Anita" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 14th June 1863 [3]
  • John T. Parkins, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Mr. John Parkins, (b. 1853), aged 21, British farm labourer travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Halcione" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in September 1875 [3]
  • John Parkins, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Halcione" in 1875
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Contemporary Notables of the name Parkins (post 1700)

  • William L. Parkins, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 6th District, 1910 [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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