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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsYounkin

Meaning & History

Possibly derived from Younkin; A Strathclyde-Briton family from the Scottish/English Borderlands was the first to use the surname Younkin. It is a name for a person who was very young, from the Old English word yong and yung. Alternatively, it could be 'a personal name the same in meaning with Gaelic Og, "young".'

The surname Younkin was first found in the borderlands between Scotland and England. The name was first borne in this region by a Strathclyde-Briton family, as revealed in records dating back to the 13th century. The surname Youngkin is borne by Glenn Allen Youngkin, basketball player and republican nominee for governor of Virginia in the 2021 gubernatorial election (1966-).
Added 11/2/2021 by Rita Ventura
Edited 1/31/2023 by Mike C