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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (chiefly Lancashire) and Scottish : from the Middle English personal name Hankin, a pet form of Hann, with the addition of the hypocoristic suffix -kin.
  • English : from Middle English Handekin, a diminutive of the nickname Hand.
  • English : from Middle English Hamekin, a pet form of the personal name Hamo, Hame (see Hammond).
  • Dutch : from a pet form of the personal name Johann(es) (see John).
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : metronymic from Khanke (a pet form of the Yiddish female personal name Khane; see Hanna), with the Slavic possessive suffix -in.

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