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
Scholar 310
At Home 92
House Servant 70
Copper Miner 62
Collier 55
Miner 51
Agricultural Labourer 50
Labourer 44
Farm Labourer 43
Tin Miner 43
Farmer 28
Dress Maker 27
Pauper 25
Coal Miner 24
Farmers Son 24
Farm Servant 21
Servant 20
Carpenter 17
Mason 16
Farmer's Son 15
House Keeper 15
Tailor 14
Blacksmith 14
Farmers Daughter 14
Farmer's Daughter 13

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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