Jenkin Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Jenkin Name Meaning: This surname is taken from the forename 'Jenkin' which means 'son of John' or 'little John'. 'Jen' being an alternative to 'Jon' or 'John'.

This surname originated from Cornwall around the early 1000's and became more widely used in Wales too after it being commonly used as a forename in England which meant 'little John' or 'son of John'.

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Surname Distribution

Census frequency by county

Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Jenkin Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Jenkin family

Profession Census Frequency
Agricultural Labourer 144
Female Servant 138
Farmer 103
Collier 83
Independent 79
Labourer 76
Male Servant 63
Mason 50
Copper Miner 39
Tin Miner 37
Miner 30
Carpenter 27
Shoe Maker 26
Blacksmith 15
Dress Maker 14
Pauper 12
Ag Labourer 12
Miner Copper 11
Mariner 9
Tailor 9
Gardener 9
Potter 9
Publican 7
Copperman 7
Moulder 7

Jenkin Surname Variants Ranking

Rank Surname Match Census Frequency
1 Jenkin 100% 22,234
2 Jinkin 83% 621
3 Jonkin 83% 238
4 Jankin 83% 133
5 Jenken 83% 116

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The surname Jenkin is the most popular version of all its varients

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