Recorded as Inkin, Inkon, Inkhorn, Inkle and probably others, this is an English surname. It has been quite well recorded in the surviving church registers of the diocese of Greater London since the early Stuart Period. An early recording example is that of Elizabeth Inkin who married William Martyn at the church of St Leonards Shoreditch, on January 7th 1636, whilst almost a century later another Elizabeth, this time as Elizabeth Inkhorn which may or may not be an associated spelling, was christened at St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on October 19th 1714. This was in the first year of the reign of King George 1st (1714 - 1727). Another later recording in the early 19th century is that of William Inkin at St Lukes church, Finsbury, on July 18th 1802. As 'Inkin' has no apparent meaning, the surnames list has been studied to try to find a similar spelling, and hence establish a 'link' with a known surname. This has not been enirely successful. The only comparable names would seem to be the locational Inkersall which was originally Hinkershill, from a place in Derbyshire, or the Lancashire names Adkin or Ikin, both being diminutives of the female name Ada, and meaning 'son of Ada'.
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