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 404
Farmer 39
Tin Miner 39
Dress Maker 36
Coal Miner 30
General Labourer 29
Living On Her Own Means 27
Domestic Servant 26
Living On Own Means 22
Carpenter 20
Labourer 19
Blacksmith 15
Farm Labourer 15
General Servant 14
Agricultural Labourer 13
Grocer 12
Farm Servant 10
Fisherman 10
Collier 10
General Servant Domestic 9
Grocer Assistant 9
Stone Mason 9
Gardener 8
Mason 8
Draper Assistant 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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