This unusual surname is a Northern English variant form of the medieval "Lambkin", itself of Anglo-Saxon pre 7th Century origins. The earliest name form was "Lambert", which translates as "bright lands", a popular personal name of the pre 1066 Norman invasion period. Later the name was foreshortened to "Lamb", to which was then added "in" or more correctly, "kin", to describe "the son of Lamb", or possibly "the kinsman of Lamb". An example of this early form was John Lambyn in the 1302 Fines Court Rolls of Essex. Other recordings include Thomas Lamkyn, christened on August 4th 1557, at the Church of Holy Trinity the Less, London, in the reign of Mary 1 of England (1554 - 1558), known as "Bloody Mary". In October 1665, the recording of Richard Lampkin is found with the "b" changed to "p". On February 24th 1813, John Limpkin was christened at Rillington, East Yorkshire, whilst on September 2nd 1838, a John Limpkins was a witness at Sculthorpe, near Hull, and he may be the original Limpkin(s). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Lambin, which was dated 1292, in the "Subsidy Rolls of the City of London", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Limpkin — Limp kin (l[i^]mp k[i^]n), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Either one of two species of wading birds of the genus {Aramus}, intermediate between the cranes and rails. The limpkins are remarkable for the great length of the toes. One species ({Aramus giganteus})… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • limpkin — ☆ limpkin [limp′kin ] n. [ LIMP1 + KIN: from its walk] a gruiform bird (Aramus guarauna) of a family (Aramidae) with only one species, found in Florida, Central America, the West Indies, and South America …   English World dictionary

  • limpkin — /limp kin/, n. a large, loud voiced, wading bird, Aramus guarauna, intermediate in size and character between the cranes and the rails, of the warmer regions of America. [1870 75, Amer.; LIMP1 + KIN; so called because of its jerky walk] * * * ▪… …   Universalium

  • limpkin — araminiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aramidae angl. limpkin vok. Eigentliche Rallenkraniche rus. арамовые; пастушковые журавли pranc. aramidés ryšiai: platesnis terminas – gerviniai paukščiai siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • limpkin — aramai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aramus angl. limpkin vok. Rallenkranich, m rus. арама, f; пастушковый журавль, m pranc. courlan courliri, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – araminiai siauresnis terminas – aramas …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • limpkin — aramas statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Aramus guarauna angl. limpkin vok. Rallenkranich, m rus. арама, f; пастушковый журавль, m pranc. courlan brun, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – aramai …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • limpkin — noun Etymology: perhaps from 1limp Date: 1871 a large brown wading bird (Aramus guarauna) of southern Georgia, Florida, and Central and South America that resembles a bittern but has a longer slightly curved bill, longer neck and legs, and white… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • limpkin — noun A large bird, Aramus guarauna, found in marshes in the Caribbean, Central America and southern Florida. Syn: carrao, courlan, crying bird …   Wiktionary

  • limpkin — Caribbean crane like bird Unusual Animals …   Phrontistery dictionary

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