The surname Jenkins is of English origin.The name is derived from the Middle English given name Jenkin,which is a diminutive of the name John with the addition of the suffix ‘-kin’.Jenkins is one of the most common names in England,but is also especially associated with Wales.The given name John is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan ‘Jehovah has favoured’ or ‘may Jehovah favour (this child)’,which was adopted into Latin as Johannes.The name John has enjoyed enormous popularity in the Cristain era,being given in honour of St.John the Baptist,precursor of Christ,and of St.John the Evangelist,author of the fourth Gospel;as well as the nearly one thousand saints so named.By the beginning of the fourteenth century John rivalled William in popularity and has always been a favourite name.The name dates as far back as the twelfth century were a Janekyn de sancto Iohanne is recorded in historical archives.Janekyn an early form of Jenkins clearly means ‘Young John’.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a William Jen… Coat of arms: Argent three marlets in pal…
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