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An excerpt from archives copyright 2000 - 2016

The ancestors of the name Perkinson 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 Perkinson was taken from the ever popular St. Peter.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Perkinson were recorded, including Parkinson, Parkinsone, Parkison and others.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Perkinson research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1567 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Perkinson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 22 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Perkinson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Perkinson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Perkinson family emigrate to North America:

Perkinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Perkinson, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Perkinson, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Perkinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Perkinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1711

Perkinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Perkinson, aged 36, landed in Missouri in 1848

Perkinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Perkinson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750


  • Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004), American composer


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The Perkinson Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Perkinson 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.

This page was last modified on 12 September 2011 at 08:05.

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