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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