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TONKIN Family History

Recorded as Tankin, Tenkin, Tonkin, Tunkin, Tunking, Tunkings, Tunkis, and possibly others, this is a rare English diminutive surname. It is derived from the Roman personal name 'Antonius', of which the anglicised form is Antony or Anthony and the short form Toni or Tony of which this is the diminutive. The suffix '-kin' meaning 'son of (An)tony' or perhaps 'Little Tony'. The personal name is first recorded in the England in the 12th century, and whilst associated with the famous crusades, is not strictly speaking from the Holy Land.

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