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The last name Atkins is of what origin?

Question #69763. Asked by uclageographer.
Last updated Apr 27 2023.

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The surname ADKINS was derived from a combination of the surname Adam and the diminutive kin

Response last updated by satguru on Sep 19 2016.
Aug 16 2006, 4:58 PM
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The many spellings of the name (Adkyn, Adkyns, Adkynson, Atkyn, Atkynson, Adkinson, Attekson, Addykin, Akin, Akins, as well as the above four) came about during the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth centuries. Many people, because of their extremely primitive living conditions, did not learn to read and write thus when some government official (census taker, court clerk, etc) needed to record the name they did it phonetically or simply as they thought it should be.

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Camden derives it from At, a familiar abbreviation of Arthur, and kins, a diminutive, signifying a child, having the same meaning as the German kind, a child, an infant, i. e., the son of Arthur, so Wilkins, Simpkins, etc

Response last updated by gtho4 on Apr 27 2023.
Aug 16 2006, 5:05 PM
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U.S. immigration records show that the majority of the Atkins families came from England followed by Ireland, Great Britain, Sweden, Scotland and Warkwickshire. no longer exists

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Aug 16 2006, 6:10 PM
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