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This surname, and the similarly derived Atkinson, had been present in Jersey since the 1650s. Both forms ultimately mean 'son of little Adam', or possibly son of son of Adam. The early entries for Atkinson show the variations in spelling which can be encountered in church records for the same person - the maiden name of the wife of Abel Atkinson is shown as Peter, Pitre and Pittre in the baptism records of their children.

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Clara Jane Atkins, born in Jersey in 1881


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Atkins family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Atkins, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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From August 2020 we have started adding records from non-Anglican churches, and this process will continue as more records, held by Jersey Archive, are digitised and indexed. Our database now includes buttons enabling a search within registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These records will automatically appear within the results of any search made from this page.

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Origins of surname

Atkins means 'son of Atkin', as does Atkinson, so the two names share a page here. The name is derived from 'Ad', a diminuitive of Adam, which became 'At' in some areas of England. The diminuitive suffix '-kin' was then added, perhaps as a first indication of a son, with 's' or 'son' added later.

Early records

Both spelling variations can be found in Jersey church baptism records from the middle of the 17th century, but although there were several marriages involving Atkins grooms in the 17th and 19th centuries, the name did not become established until the marriage of Edward Atkins and Elizabeth Howard in St Helier in 1823. Although both bride and groom were listed as coming from St Helier, there is no record of Edward's birth or baptism in the island, and it is probably that he was born in London in 1801.

The family's stay was to be short, because, after the birth of their sixth child in 1831, William and Elizabeth set off for Australia on the Nancy. At least one of these children had died before they set off and Australian records suggest that they may have travelled with as few as three children. A seventh child, Edward, was born en route off Indonesia, and seven more followed as the Atkins settled as one of the pioneer families of New South Wales.

Variants

Although there is no overlap between these two family names in Jersey records, they share a page here because they have the same ultimate derivation

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  • Atkinson

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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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