JENKINS - Name Meaning & Origin

JENKINS Surname Meaning & Origin:

Jenkins is a double diminuitive of John, literally meaning "little John." It derives from the medieval given name Jenkin, which itself is a diminuitive of the given name John, meaning "God has graced me with a son." The Jenkins surname most commonly originated in Cornwall, England, but became quickly popular in Wales.

Jenkins is the 95th most popular surname in the United States and the 97th most common surname in England.

Surname Origin:

English, Welsh

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.