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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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