The Shenkin surname has long been associated with Wales
. This surname comes from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The surname Shenkin also features the diminutive suffix -kin, which is commonly held to have been brought to Britain from the Netherlands
as early as the 12th century, when it is found as a component of the surnames of some Flemish
settlers. Generally, the Jenkin variant of this name came from the Devon- Cornwall
Early Origins of the Shenkin family
The surname Shenkin was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Shenkin family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Shenkin research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1625, 1685, 1582, 1663, 1722 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Shenkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Shenkin Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Shenkin has seen various spelling variations: Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Shenkin family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Leoline Jenkins (1625-1685), Welsh
lawyer, academic, jurist and politician, Judge of the Admiralty; David Jenkins... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Shenkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shenkin family to Ireland
Some of the Shenkin family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Shenkin family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Shenkin: Alexander, Oliver, Joanne, and William Jinkins, who all came to Virginia in 1624; Walter Jenkyns, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmund Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.