What does the name Jenkins mean?
The Jenkins surname is thought to have originated in Cornwall, and is now found across the country (particularly in South Wales). Jenkins is a diminutive of John that means 'little (or son of) John' and has been seen as early as 1086, suggesting it may have existed since before the arrival of the Normans in 1066. The name Jenkins could be given to someone who was the younger in a family bearing the same forename, or as someone who was the son or descendant of somebody named John.
The earliest occurrence of the Jenkins surname in our family history documents is from 1523, and we currently have 1,911,601 records where Jenkins appears.
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Typical jobs for Jenkinses
Hard-working people, the Jenkinses. 1817 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Jenkinses lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Jenkins in Glamorganshire.
Jenkinses’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Jenkinses were angels, apparently. We found 1647 in criminal records.
Jenkinses in World War I
According to the World War I records, 2424 Jenkinses served in the First World War.