Perkins in North America

Privacy Level: Open (White)

Surname/tag: Perkins
This page has been accessed 6,062 times.


Perkins in North America Name Study

This One Name Study will collect accurate, sourced information and resources for the Perkins Family in North America and connect all to the Global Tree.

Parents of Abraham Perkins?

If you are a male descendant of these three ancestors, please take a Y-DNA test and add it to your profile:

Notable Perkins

Perkins Warfighters

Early American Perkins Families

Political Perkins

How You Can Help

Your Profile:

  1. Add the Category: Perkins Name Study.
  2. Take a DNA test and add it.

Your Ancestors:

  1. Create new profiles and connect them to the Global Tree.

Your Related Perkins Profiles:

  1. Improve Profiles
  2. Adopt Orphaned Perkins Profiles.
  3. Connect Unconnected Perkins Profiles.
  4. Complete Pending Merges.
  5. Find and Merge Matches.
  6. Add Immigrant Ancestors.
  7. Add the Category: Perkins Name Study.

On this page:

  1. Add family stories, below in Memories.
  2. Post comments and questions.
  3. Get help from project managers Clyde Perkins or Traci Thiessen.

Surname Origins

The earliest Perkins was perhaps Peter Morley alias Perkins. His son, Henry "Pierrekins" or Perkins, was likely the first to bear the family name. See Pierre de Morlaix for discussion of this legend.

Coats of Arms?

They are interesting and fun, but "In the heraldic traditions of England and Scotland, an individual, rather than a family, had a coat of arms."[1] This suggests there is no official Perkins Family Coat of Arms. And quoting the heralds and members of the British Royal Household who make up the College of Arms,"there is no such thing as a 'coat of arms for a surname'...Coats of arms belong to individuals. For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past."[2]



Hereditary Societies


  • Mortensen, Paula Perkins. ‘‘English Origin of Six Early Colonists by the Name of Perkins.’‘ Baltimore MD: Gateway Press, 1998. Access online at
  • Perkins, David Walter. ‘‘Notes on the Perkins Families in England: Chiefly Extracts from Probate Registries, with Several Pedigrees Appended.’‘ Salem MA: 1894. Access online at
  • Perkins, David Walter. ‘‘Perkins Families in the United States in 1790.’‘ Utica NY: D.W. Perkins, 1911. Access online at
  • Perkins, D.W., comp. ‘‘The Perkins Family in ye Olden Times - The Contents a Series of Letters of the Late Mansfield Parkyns, Esq.’‘ Utica NY: D.W. Perkins, 1916. Access online at
  • Perkins, George Augustus, ‘‘The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts.’‘ (Salem, MA: G.A. Perkins, 1889), accessed at
  • Perkins, Merrill. ‘‘A Perkins Family History.’‘ 2003.
  • Perkins, Thomas Allen, comp., ‘‘Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants, 1583-1936.’‘ Haverhill, MA: Record Publishing Company, 1947. Access online at
  • ‘‘Perkins Register Report’‘, compiled by Kristin Hall, 2004.
  • ’‘The Ancient History of the Distinguished Surname Perkins - An Essay in Two Parts.’‘ by James Fulton Perkins
  • ’‘Early New England Families, 1641-1700.’‘ (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) Access online at with NEHGS membership. Profile of John Perkins, 4 pages.

Published Directories/Genealogies that Include Perkins

  • Anderson, Robert Charles, ‘‘The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633’‘. Boston: NEHGS, 1996-2011. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010). Vol. 3, pp. 1431-1433: Bio of John Perkins Sr.; pp.1433-1438: William Perkins of Topsfield
  • Burke, Sir John Bernard. ‘‘Burke's American Families with British Ancestry.’‘ Baltimore MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1975. Access online at
  • Cutter, William Richard. ‘‘New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial; A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation.’‘ Vol. 2. New York NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1914. Access online at
  • Davis, Walter Goodwin. ‘‘Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1966).’‘ Baltimore MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1996. Access online at
  • Davis, Walter Goodwin. ‘‘The Ancestry of Dudley Wildes of Topsfield Massacusetts.’‘ Portland ME: The Anthoensen Press, 1959. Access online at LDS. org.
  • Dow, Joseph. ‘‘History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from it's Settlement in 1638 to the Autumn of 1892.’‘ Vol. 1. Salem MA: Lucy Dow, 1893. Access online at GoogleBooks.
  • Dow, Joseph. ‘‘History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, from it's Settlement in 1638 to the Autumn of 1892.’‘ Vol. 2. Salem MA: Lucy Dow, 1893. Access online at GoogleBooks.
  • Ferris, Mary Walton. ‘‘Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines. A memorial Volume. The American ancestry of Rufus R. Dawes.’‘ Vol. 1. Milwaukee WI: Cuneo Press, 1943. Access online at
  • Flagg, Charles Alcott. ‘‘An Alphabetical Index of Revolutionary Pensioners Living in Maine.’‘ Baltimore MD: Clearfield Company, 1920. Access online at GoogleBooks.
  • J.H. Beers & Co. ‘‘Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts: Containing Historical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families.’‘ Vol. 3. Chicago IL: J.H. Beers & Co., 1912 . Access online at: GoogleBooks.
  • Lapham, William Berry & Maxim, Silas Packard. ‘‘History of Paris, Maine: From its Settlement to 1880, with a History of the Grants of 1736 & 1771, Together with Personal Sketches, a Copious Genealogical Register and an Appendix.’‘ Paris ME: authors, 1884. Access online at GoogleBooks.
  • Lapham, William Berry. ‘‘History of Woodstock, Maine, with Family Sketches and an Appendix.’‘ Portland ME: Stephen Berry, 1882. Access online at GoogleBooks.
  • Little, George Thomas. ‘‘Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine.’‘ Vol. 2. New York NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1909. Access online at
  • Savage, James. ‘‘'A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those who Came before May, 1962, on the Basis of Farmer's Register.’‘ Boston MA: Little Brown & Co., 1860. Accessed online at
  • Sharp, Mary ‘‘’The History of Ufton Court, of the Parish of Ufton, in the County of Berks, and of the Perkins Family: Compiled from Ancient Records’‘. (London: Elliott Stock, 1892), accessed at
  • Waters, Thomas Franklin, ‘‘Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1633-1700’‘ (Ipswich, Mass: Ipswich Historical Society, 1905) accessed at

Online Forums and Trees

Useful Links

Memories: 1
Enter a personal reminiscence or story.
“Captain John Perkins Cane” from Clyde Perkins

I saw this cane; it was obviously very old and had been repaired about midway with tin and small nails. “An abusive sea captain,” it was said, “he had broken the cane over a sailor’s head.” In memory of this apparently pugnacious, but highly accomplished ancestor, the cane was to be passed down to the senior living descendant with the name, John. My grandfather, Ellsworth John, passed it to my brother, Thomas John, and it has disappeared.

Genealogical research revealed no “sea captain” and no “Captain John.” We have a captain of militia, but his name is Joseph. Where did it come from? I don’t know; it remains a mystery. It did, however, inspire some great sea stories while it was with us.

Then there was the time I interviewed an ancient relative who, wide-eyed, told me, “It’s better not to ask about that!” The amazing story, he eventually told, I will save for another time...

posted 30 Dec 2018 by Clyde Perkins   [thank Clyde]
Login to add a memory.
  • Login to edit this profile and add images.
  • Private Messages: Contact the Profile Managers privately: Traci Thiessen and Clyde Perkins. (Best when privacy is an issue.)
  • Public Comments: Login to post. (Best for messages specifically directed to those editing this profile. Limit 20 per day.)
Comments: 2

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
I have several different perkins lines. I'll be glad to share any info I have.
posted by Nikki Massie
I have Perkins in familysearch dated back to 690. Perkins-526 is part of this, though only related by marriage to my Perkins line. I don't know how much of this is factually sourced, but it is the very least names to research. How can I help?
posted by Curt Cosper