Last name: Conkling

This is a genuine American surname in so far that the "modern" spelling was originally found only in 17th Century New York state. However its real origin is Dutch, the present spelling being a variant form of the medieval "Konink" equivalent to the English surname "King" and denoting one who was the chief of the tribe, or who acted the part in the travelling theatres of the time. This is one of the oldest names to be found in America and dates back to the period when Britain and the Netherlands were permanently at war over such issues as the American Colonies (1625-1690). In the end the area then known as New Amsterdam was ceded to Britain, and the "Conklings" became British citizens for about 100 years to 1776. The recordings of the name include the following example: Keziam Conkling, daughter of David Conkling christened on March 30th 1707, at East Hampton. This village would appear to be the original settlement and area for the Conklings. Other spellings include Conklin, John Conklin marrying Sarah Horton at Southold, Suffolk in 1675, Conkline and Kancklin, found at Claverack, Columbia New York in 1788. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jeremiah Conkling, which was dated July 1st 1668, a christening witness at East Hampton, Suffolk county, New York state, New England, during the reign of King Charles 11, known as "The Merry Monarch", 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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Ryan Conklin
I too have found records of the Conkling (Conklin) surname in Nottingham England as well. Your information here regarding the surname is dated and may require further research.

elaine conkling
My husbands name is conkling the family lived in london for years to my knowledge we are the only conklings in the south of England.

Shirlee Funk
Greetings. Just to let you know that the surname Conkling appears in English records circa 1620. I found this information in record in Nottingham, where Nathaniel Conkling and a brother were listed, I believe, in parish records in the Nottingham record office. It's been 30 years since I looked this up, and to my dismay, I find I have lost my notes on the research.