Last name: Wilkins

This name is of early medieval English origin, and is a patronymic form of "Wilkin", itself composed of Will, a short (diminutive) form of William, with the diminutive suffix "kin", the "s" of Wilkins meaning "son of Wilkin". The personal name William was introduced into England by the Normans in the Old Germanic form "Wilhelm" or "Wilelm", as well as the French "Guillaume". The name is composed of the elements "wil", meaning "will, desire" and "helm", helmet, protection. The name Wilkins is first recorded as a personal name in 1166, in the Northumberland Pipe Rolls, as "Wilechin". John Wilkins married Merget Martyn on April 15th 1541 at St. Michael Bassishaw, London, and on November 30th 1550, George Wilkins was christened at St. Andrew Hubbard, London. One John Wilkins and his wife appear as early settlers in the New World; they are listed as residents of "the Eastern Shore" in Virginia in February 1623. There are no less than fourteen Coats of Arms granted to this illustrious family. One of them is an ermine shield, on a black bend three silver martlets, and a gold canton charged with a red rose, the Crest being a black boar passant reguardant pierced through the shoulders with a silver arrow bendways, the boar biting the arrow. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Wylkyns, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire", during the reign of King Edward 11, known as "Edward of Caernafon", 1307 - 1327. 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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Sam Wilkins
I have only just found this out, I thought it was Irish...?

Gavin Wilkins
Seems legit, my dad's side is mostly British and my mom's is Italian and Norwegian

Brady Wilkins
Cool find, interesting to read about. Does anyone know any connection to Wilkins in the Nuneaton / Coventry / Bedworth / Warwickshire area of England

kelly wilkins
wow nice to know these things......

Cameron Wilkins
Dad's side is all British. To this I'm rather proud, I have a wilkins crest tattoo

Josh Wilkins
I'm from Canada, always wondered if I have some distant relatives from england

Nikki Wilkins
Interesting read x

Alexander Wilkin

:)

Wilkinson D Chyrmang

My name is Wilking,can anybody tell me the meaning of my name.Please...

Finn

Good to know as I know someone with the Wilkin surname, he is Irish.

Suzanne Wilkin

nice to read a bit more about my/ our history

Collin Wilkins

This is an odd little sense of community haha

Ash Wilkins
Is anyone else on this site African-American? I'm interested in learning the origins of my/ our last name [Wilkins].

Aletta Wilkins
I am from South Africa. It would be interesting to know where my ancestors are from and where i belong. I am White

Daniel Wilkins
Wilkins is ment to be of norman origins, came to england 1066 with william the conquerer but his decendents had some viking origins also.

Matthew Wilkins
I'm from Queensland, Australia. I don't know much about my history. This is a good start

Kristy Wilkins
It's nice to see there's more family members in this world to carry on the name, I'm from Sydney Australia

Emily Wilkins
In Canada with no knowledge of my family. This is awesome to be able to learn more.

austin wilkins
I'm from texas , united states

My name is Donald Murphy
My dad was adopted by Murphy's. He is a Wilkins. I'n the last month my sister found great info on my dad's side. Founf out who my Grandfather is Leslie Dick Wilkins, and my Great Grandpa is David Marion Wilkins.