- (surname): Jinkins
A patronymic surname that is derived from the male given name John + -kin (which forms diminutive )+ -s (denoting "son of") hence meaning "son of little John". It was originally an offshoot of the male medieval name Jenkin/Jankin. The name was brought from the crusaders; it originated in Cornwall but became popular in England and Wales.
- A surname originating as a patronymic of Cornish and in English ("mainly of Devon") origin.
- A city in Kentucky.
- A city in Minnesota.
According to statistics in the United States, Jenkins is the 114th most common surname belonging to approximately 220,830 individuals. Jenkins is most common amongst White (73.9%) individuals and secondly common amongst Black (20.3%) individuals. All other races with the surname Jenkins are (3.3%) of the population.
Jenkins (plural Jenkinses)
- (derogatory, dated, colloquial) A flatterer or sycophant.
- the Jenkins employed by a newspaper
- October 1869, George William Curtis, Civil-Service Reform
- rouse the country for Jones and Justice or Jenkins and the Rights of Man
- 1868, Edward Isidore Sears, editor, The National Quarterly Review, volume 16, page 404:
- Because they are styled "the executive," "executive officers," &c., by their Jenkinses, and are declared by the same authorities to possess unbounded knowledge, and transcendent "executive ability," they sometimes fancy themselves the Czar, the Shah, or the Grand Turk […]