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JENKINS Family History

This is a surname seen in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and derives from the given name Jenkin, which is itself a diminutive of John meaning 'god has graced me with a son'. The diminutive suffix '-kin' was added to indicate 'young John', or perhaps son or relative of John.

This surname has had a number of variant forms over the years including Jenkin, Jenkyn and Jenking, Jencken, Jinkin and Junkin, as well as the patronymic forms where an '-s'  or '-son' has been added to those variants. In Wales there is also the added form 'Siencyn'.

It became fixed as a hereditary surname in England by the early 1400s. Early bearers of the surname in that country include Alicia Jonkyn and Robertus Jonkinson who appear in the 1379 Yorkshire Poll Tax, and an Adam Janekyn of Somerset who lived during the 14th century.

But in Wales it was much later, between the 16th and 19th centuries, that personal names became fixed as hereditary surnames. Up until and during that time, patronymics remained the predominant naming system, when we are therefore more likely to see references to 'ap Siencyn' or 'ap Jenkin' (son of Jenkin) in the records. The Jenkin/Jenkins surname is most frequently seen in the south of the country, and is far rarer in the north. It is also frequently seen in Cornwall.

It was probably introduced to Britain during the 12th century by Flemish settlers (from Flanders, Belgium), initially as a personal name. This may help to explain its popularity in south Wales (including southern Pembrokeshire) where there were communities of Flemish settlers.

Notable people

  • Richard Walter Jenkins, the birth name of the Welsh actor, Richard Burton (1925–1984). He was born in Pontrhydyfen, Glamorgan, and rose to become one of the most famous actors of his generation, appearing in films such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Robe and Cleopatra. He was inducted posthumously into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.
  • Karl Jenkins (b. 1944), Welsh musician and composer, best known for his works Adiemus and Requiem.
  • Katherine Jenkins (b. 1980), Welsh mezzo-soprano, born in Neath, Wales, known for her operatic performances
 
SOURCES:
A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames (1896) by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy
https://forebears.io/
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    Brian Grove

    I AM just trying to find my Irish family and learn about our bloodline. My Dads name is John Jenkins. He was raised in Pennsylvania Duncannon but joined the American military and moved to Texas.
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    Darklene annette jenkins

    my jenkins family stated with my grandma f
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    LAWRENCE JENKINS OF VIRGINIA AND MOUNT VERNON. ALSO ELIZABETH R. BROWN FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY VA LOOKING FOR SOME OF THEIR PEOPLE THAT HAD MIGRATED FROM IRELAND ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND TO CUMBERLAND COUNTY VIRGINIA
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    David jenkin 1500 -1600 glaminshire nearth wales
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    Nick Jenkins

    Ireland? When I started getting interested in my family history in the 1970s, the accepted story was that it was a Flemish name and came over with weavers escaping persecution. My own line goes back to the Briton Ferry area (so far).
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    Alvin Eugene Jenkins
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    Stephanie l Klima

    I forgot to ask the significance of the Tudor names in I believe the 15th and 16th centuries. I did all the research on my own so I hope it is not confusing. I hope I have family in Ireland and Wales. This connection is so very dear to me. Thank you.
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    Stephanie Klima

    Hi. Found a few connections with Ireland, although I couldn't ascertain which are or region. After 1800. most links started to mesh with Anglesley. Wales and Scottish historical names and links. After early 1800, Welsh was what I predominately seemed to find. I am so excited. My great grandfather, Warren Mayo Jenkins is the last known to me of our regional Jenkins lineage. He passed in 1969. I am 57. I miss him.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 1 of 3) The Jenkins name has a long history in British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Jenkins story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Jenkins surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Jenkins story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. Many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.
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    Anthony Barrett

    (Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207
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    Anthony Barrett

    The Jenkins name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Jenkins story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Jenkins surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscr
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