THE JENKINS FAMILY AND ITS COAT OF
MOTTO: ?Perge sed caute? (Go on, but cautiously)
ARMS: Per pale azure and sable, three fleur de lis
CREST: A battle-axe, handled or, headed proper.
This old family name is
frequently found in Wales, as well as in England, and one reference consulted states that the family
is of Flemish origin, originally being known as Jonkin, meaning son of
John. It is noted that the name Jonkin
is listed on the Assize rolls of Cheshire for the year 1288, but by the early fourteenth
century the name appears as Jenkins, for a Richard Jenkins is listed on the
Subsidy Rolls of Somerset for the year 1327.
As with all very old
families, it is impossible to trace the countless branches that became
established over the centuries. However,
these arms are typical of those early designs with which warriors decorated
their shields to identify themselves in battle.
The fleur de lis may suggest a French influence and it is probable that
the progenitor of the family in Britain came during the Norman Invasion in 1066.
History pays just tribute to
many persons bearing this old distinguished family name who attained
distinction during the past thousand years, for many descendants of this family
have occupied the highest positions in England, as well as Wales.
Perhaps the first person
bearing the Jenkins family name to settle in the New World, was John Jenkins, who came to America from Wales in 1642 and settled in Virginia. He was a
colonel in the State Militia and held several public offices. He later became the Governor of North
Today, persons bearing this
proud old family name are to be found in almost every section of this country
and they are well represented in the arts, sciences and professions, as well as
in the world of commerce.
(Refs: Burke?s General Armory, pub. By Harrison & Sons, London, 1884.
Fairbuirn?s Book of Crests of Great
Britain and Ireland, pub. By T.C. & E.C. Jack, London-1905).
Source: submitted by Hal
Clark from an unknown book.