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Origins of the Jenkins surname

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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.

Alternative variations of the name Jenkins

Jenkins, Jenkin, Jenkyn, Jenkens, Jenken

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Where do most Jenkinses live?

In 1921, most Jenkinses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Jenkinses

How common is your surname?

107th most common surname in the UK

We have 360,000 records for the Jenkins surname. The oldest one dates back to 1532.

Who were Jenkinses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jenkins first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Jenkinses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Jenkinses in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




House Servant


Common Male occupations for Jenkinses in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer






General Labourer


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