About the Kin and Kins Name Endings
- KIN – is of low German origin and means ‘little’ or ‘son of’.
- The ‘S’ after KIN – is a dimunitive meaning ‘small’, ‘little’ or ‘son of’. It may be a short form of ‘son’ as in Jenkinson.
- KIN and KINS can be affectionate terms when used as a name suffix.
- Anything ending in ‘KINS’ is a double-diminutive.
- Welsh names beginning with P or B or ending in S, KIN or KINS are patronymns, meaning they are names derived from the father’s first name.
- KIN and KINS are not related to the word ‘kindred’.
- The patronymics ending in kins got abbreviated into kiss, kes, and ks. Hence the origin of our Perkes, Purkiss, Hawkes, and Hawks, Dawks, Jenks, Juckes, and Jukes ( Judkins).
- Kins and Kin are Suffixes added to names or words to form a diminutive.
- The Russian ‘-in’ ending also indicates ’son of’.
- There is an etymological relationship with the “-chen” in German words such as Liebchen, which means ’sweetheart’.
- In some cases, ‘kes’ and ‘ks’ may be abbreviations for ‘kins’, as in Hawks.
Kin & Kins as Affectionate Terms
- In ‘The Word Child’, by Iris Murdoch, a girl whose name is Thomasina is addressed affectionately as “Tomkins”.
- Nina Bawden, in ‘George Beneath a Paper Moon’, has a man say: “Don’t be daft, Sally-kins.” “Sally darling”, says the girl concerned. The man then calls here “Sally darling” and “darling Sally”, but adds: “Nice women don’t ask for endearments.”
- ‘Martin Arrowsmith’, by Sinclair Lewis, has a woman address a man as “Martykins” and “Mart”, his first name being Martin.
- In ‘Howard’s End’, by E. M. Forster, a girl extends her brother’s pet name, which is usually Tibby, to “Tibbikins”.
- ‘The Half Hunter’, by John Sherwood, has a wife calling her husband by “Teddykins”.
- As can be seen, ‘-kins’ appears to be the usual form of the suffix, though ‘Opening Night’, by Ngaio Marsh, has a man whose last name is Fox address as “Foxkin” – without the ending ’s’.
Source: A Google book on names with a long url.
‘S’ as an Affectionate Term
‘S’ is also known to be an affectionate term when added to the end of names. This may be more related to the ‘little’ meaning of the ending. An example is ‘Toms’ for ‘Tom’. ‘Tomsie’ may be a derivative. This is not as common as it once was. It seems to have faded in the mid-1900s.
KIN. The primarv sense of ‘kin’ seems to have been relationship: from thence family or offspring. The next meaning acquired by kin was child, or “ young one.” We still speak in a diminutive sense of a manikin, kilderkin, pipkin, lambkin, jerkin, minikin ( little Minion), or Doitkin. Terminations in kin were slightly going down in popular estimation when the Hebrew invasion made a clean sweep of them. They found shelter in Wales, however, and directories preserve in their list of surnames their memorial forever. In proof of the popularity of kin are the surnames of Simpkinson, Hopkins, Dickens, Dickinson, Watkins, Hawkins, Jenkinson, Atkinson, and all the rest. The patronymics ending in kins got abbreviated into kiss, kes, and ks. Hence the origin of our Perkes, Purkiss, Hawkes, and Hawks, Dawks, Jenks, Juckes, and Jukes ( Judkins).
Source: Another Google Book on names with a long url.
Kin and Kins have nothing to do with kindred. Kin & Kins were eventually abbreviated to iss and es. Perkins became Perkiss and eventually Perks.
Source: And, still another Google book on names with a long url.