The English, Irish and Welsh surname Perkins is a patronymic name meaning “son of Perkin.” The personal name Perkin is a diminutive form of Peter, a biblical name meaning “rock.” Early examples of the recordings include Robert Parkyn of Stafford in the County Rolls of 1327, and John Perkyn of Somerset, in the Hundred Rolls of 1380. Later recordings included John Perkins who married Penelope Vaughan at the famous church of St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, London, England, on March 24th 1599, and Sir William Perkins (also spelt Parkyns) who was executed on Tower Hill in 1696, for planning to assassinate King William 111 of Orange and England. The name Perkins was introduced to Ireland by 16th Century settlers and is most frequently found in counties Dublin and Tipperary.
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