Where did the English Perkins family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Perkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Perkins family name include Perkins, Perkin, Perkyns, Perkens, Perkynn and others.
First found in Leicestershire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Perkins surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Davey and Dinah, who Perkins settled in Virginia in 1651; John Perkins, who arrived in Boston in 1630; Robert Perkins, who came to Virginia in 1645; Thomas Perkins settled in 1642.
Motto Translated: An honest one of the sentinels of truth.
Suggested Readings for the name Perkins
* Ancestors of Charles Brush Perkins and Maurice Perkins by Charles Brush Perkins.
* Genealogy and History of One Branch of the Perkins Family in America, Originating with Edward Perkins, Immigrants to America and to New Haven, Connecticut by Paul M. Perkins.
Some noteworthy people of the name Perkins
* Anthony Perkins (1932-1992), American Actor
* Carl Lee Perkins (1932-1998), American rockabilly singer and songwriter
* George Clement Perkins (1839-1923), American politician, governor of California (1880-1883)
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