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Surname Perkins, Purkins

Surname Perkins, Purkins

Posted: 4 Sep 2012 12:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Interested in researching surname. Origins etc. Also potential ancestor Robert TM Perkins origins in NC

Re: Surname Perkins, Purkins

Posted: 6 Sep 2012 3:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Here is info about your surname..what century.. is Robert Perkins from carolina from ? Karen
Recorded in the spellings of Parkins, Perkins, and the rare Purkins, this ancient surname is medieval English, but of Old French and ultimately Greek origins. It is a patronymic from the personal name 'Piers or Pierre' through the later Peter or Peterkin. Introduced into Britain at the Norman Invasion of 1066, and also by the Crusaders of the 12th century on their return from the Holy Land, it consists of the basic 'Per or Par' with the two additive diminutives, 'kin', indicating close relationship, such as son, or nephew, and the plural 's', a shortened form of 'son'. In its full length it is often recorded as 'Parkinson' and less so as 'Perkinson'. There is an occasional secondary origin from the French 'parc'. As such this was an occupational surname for a keeper of royal hunting grounds, known as 'The Parks'. Early examples of the recordings include Robert Parkyn of Stafford in the County Rolls of 1327, and John Perkyn of Somerset, in the Hundred Rolls of 1380. Later recordings included John Perkins who married Penelope Vaughan at the famous church of St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, London, England, on March 24th 1599, and Sir William Perkins (also spelt Parkyns) who was executed on Tower Hill in 1696, for planning to assassinate King William 111 of Orange and England. The first of the name into America was James Perkyns, aged 42, who sailed from London to the colony of Virginea on January 2nd 1634 in the ship 'Bonaventure'. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/perkins

Re: Surname Perkins, Purkins

Posted: 6 Sep 2012 8:13PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks so much for the update. Robert Perkins was around 1840. I see land records in Cherokee County, AL after that time. I am now going backwards from 1840 for his origins and lifeline.

Re: Surname Perkins, Purkins

Posted: 6 Sep 2012 8:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 6 Sep 2012 8:19PM GMT

Re: Surname Perkins, Purkins

Posted: 6 Sep 2012 8:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
The 1st link is helpful as it gives me the county in NC. I will research from this point. I will check out the other links as well. So far so good. The 2nd link I'd never seen before so will learn its use.
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