Last name: Conklin

There are several mysteries about this unusual surname recorded in the forms of Conklin, Concklin, and Conkling. The New Dictionary of American Surnames claims without providing any proof, that it derives from the Dutch 'Konkelen', and translates as either a descendant of a chieftain or a conspirator, somewhat opposing viewpoints. We have not been able to satisfy ourselves that the name origin is Dutch at all, certainly no recordings as Konkelen or Conckeleyne or Concklin have been found in Holland. A rare recording as 'Konkelenberg'would seem to be the nearest, this apparently translates as 'one who lives by deep water at the side of the hill', quite logical for Holland and North Germany. But to add confusion all the early recordings are in New England and all seem very British. There is no trace of any Dutch or European Christian names. We have investigated the records for the original counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, the areas from which many New England settlers came, and hence the same county names in the USA. A surname spelt Conking or Conling was recorded there, with one Steven Conking being married at South Walsham, Norfolk, in 1575. We believe that this 'Conking' may be the origin of the American 'Conklin(g)'. Early recordings include Abigail Conklin, the grand-daughter of Benjamin Conckelyne (so much for spelling), christened at East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York, on June 26th 1701, and Mary Conklin, who married Marshall Pierce at Almeda, Oakland, California, on July 13th 1863. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Benjamin Conckelyne, which was dated June 1st 1668, married Hannah Mulford at East Hampton, New York, during the reign of King Charles 11, of England and New England, 1660 - 1685. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Grandfather David Conklin came from Ireland.

john Conklin and his brother whos name I cannot spell, came over to the usa from Ireland in 1600. as the first glass blowers they had to leave Massachusetts due to concerns of the witch hunts I have been told by our family historian. My not sure how many times great Grandfather and uncle soon settled in New York and as I understand it had a thriving glass craft business and of course eventually families.

and of course, this is information that has been gathered over time and generations so I am not saying it is 100% error free or should be taken as the gospel so to speak. Just figured I would share cause I like this site! Happy new year folks!


My father was told that there was 4 brothers that came over from holland on the boat. One settled in Canada and the rest came to America.


My father said that four brothers came over from Holland and one settled in Canada and the others in America.

Mark Conklin

The parents of Walter C Conklin were said to be from Ireland circa 1880. Our family of Conklin have always claimed Irish heritage.

Trinity Conkin
Here's another variation of the name for you. I have cousins with all those last names with C's but this is what all my family as far back as great grandparents on my granddad's side have. Conkin.

dean conklin
i was told am of romain descented

I was told I was A irish descanted

i m 2 generation american , do not know my history ,wold love to know . Edward was my dads name . { Edward Donald Conklin

Jason Conklin
I know my mothers last name was Conklin but I dont know my dad. His name was Micheal Land

My last name is Conklin my dads last name is Conklin too, I don't know much about my familly or my heritage, all I really know is that I have some Irish in my blood, I would like to know more though.

Jessica Conklin
Family story says we originally came from a tribe in the Russian Steppes Mostly oral histories of a travelling family

David Conklin
My father was David Harris and his father was Harris and his father was I believe Edward Conklin. They immigrated to Canada in the late 1800's I am told from Oklahoma. My grandmother was Maude Johnson also from Oklahoma. Where they originally came from is a mystery.

Erin Conklin
My father's name is Curt Conklin and my grandpa Jay Conklin. My dad is unable to tell me much about our family tree, but says that either my grandpa Jay's mother, or grandmother came over from Russia and didn't speak a word of english. My husband's a Welton and can go way back with his family tree. Wish I could do the same.

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