Origin of the Name Harkins
The origin of the name Harkins
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Harkins include Harkan, Arkin and Arkins. This name in Irish is O'hEarcain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from County Donegal.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
We first find this name in records in Bishop Mongomery's diocesan survey in the year 1606 in which Daniel O'Harcan is named as one of many Ulster martyrs. In the 1659 Census we find it is a principal Irish name in the Barony of Inishowen and it also appears in the Fiants of the previous century. The variant Arkin is found in County Mayo being taken from the home of the sept centuries ago. Michael Harkin was the author of Inishowen, its History, Traditions and Antiquities in 1830.
The Harkins coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Harkins descendants.