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Re: What kind of name is Judkins?
Posted by: Jack Butler Date: October 03, 2001 at 11:53:09
In Reply to: What kind of name is Judkins? by Craig of 630

The "kin" suffix is used in patronymics - names that come from the father's name - as a diminutive. In its original usage, a name like John Judkin would have meant something like John "Little Jud". It took on essentially the same effect as the Mac of Irish and Scottish names - that is, John, son of Jud. The s was usually added as an additional diminutive. Many modern names came from this form - Tompkins (son of Thomas), Wilkins (son of William) etc.



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