Perkins is a surname derived from the Anglo-Saxon corruption of the kin of Pierre (from Pierre kin to Pierrekin to Perkins), introduced into England by the Norman Conquest. It is found throughout mid and southern England.

Another derivation comes from the Welsh Perthyn, relative or belonging to a particular person or family, and also thought to be the Anglicized form of Peredur, from Medieval Welsh.

People named Perkins include:

  • Al Perkins, musician-guitarist
  • Anthony Perkins (1932–1992), American actor
  • Benjamin Douglas Perkins (1774–1810), son of Elisha Perkins, bookseller and propagandist of therapy with "Perkins tractors"
  • Bill Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Bishop Perkins (1787–1866), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Bishop W. Perkins (1841–1894), U.S. Representative and Senator from Kansas
  • Brian Perkins, anchor, newsreader on BBC Radio 4 - New Zealand
  • Carl Perkins, musician
  • Carl Christopher Perkins, politician, Kentucky Representative
  • Carl Dewey Perkins (1912–1984), politician, Kentucky Representative
  • Charles A. Perkins, American lawyer
  • Charles Callahan Perkins (1823–1886), author
  • Charles L. Perkins, author
  • Charles N. Perkins, Australian football and political figure
  • Charles S. Perkins, American baseball player
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935), American sociologist, writer and utopian feminist
  • Cyril Perkins (born 1911), English cricketer
  • Daryl Perkins, Australian track cyclist
  • Don Perkins, National Football League running back for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Edward J. Perkins, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.
  • Edwin Perkins, various including:
    • Edwin Perkins (inventor), American inventor of Kool-Aid
    • Edwin King Perkins, British Conservative Party Member of Parliament
    • Ed Perkins, Canadian mathematician
  • Elisha Perkins (1741–1799), physician
  • Elizabeth Perkins, actress
  • Emily Perkins, actress
  • Emily Perkins (novelist)
  • Emily Pitkin Perkins, wife of Connecticut Governor and US Senator Roger Sherman Baldwin
  • Frances Perkins, labor leader and U.S. Secretary of Labor
  • Frank Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Frederic Beecher Perkins (1828-1899), United States editor, librarian and writer
  • Geoffrey Perkins (1953–2008), comedy producer, writer, and performer - BBC
  • George Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Gil Perkins, Australian film and television actor
  • Jack Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Jacob Perkins (1766–1849), inventor: bank-note engraving, engravings transfer, bathometer, pleometer
  • John Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Henry Farnham Perkins (1877–1956), American zoologist and eugenicist
  • Ian Perkins, American musician/guitarist now in the band The Horrible Crowes
  • Isabel Weld Perkins, socialite philanthropist
  • Kendrick Perkins, player for the National Basketball Association Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Kieren Perkins, Olympic gold medal swimmer
  • Larry Perkins, Formula 1 race car driver
  • Laurence Perkins, British classical bassoonist
  • Luther Perkins (1928–1968), guitarist, including backing guitarist for Johnny Cash
  • Marlin Perkins, ecologist and naturalist
  • Maxwell Perkins, editor for F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe
  • Michael J. Perkins, American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Millie Perkins, actor
  • Pinetop Perkins (1913–2011), musician - blues pianist
  • Ray Perkins (disambiguation)
  • Sam Perkins (born 1961), retired National Basketball Association player
  • Shane Perkins, Australian track cyclist
  • Stephanie Perkins, author
  • Stephen Perkins, musician, drummer, and songwriter - Jane's Addiction
  • Sue Perkins, television presenter, actress, and writer
  • Tex Perkins, Australian singer-songwriter
  • Thomas Handasyd Perkins (1764–1854), businessman, philanthropist
  • Tom Perkins, founder/principal venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers
  • Tony Perkins (evangelical Christian figure)
  • Tony Perkins (television meteorologist)
  • Tracy Perkins, courtmartialed US Army sergeant
  • Troy Perkins, soccer player for the Portland Timbers
  • Warren Perkins (born 1924), American professional basketball player
  • William Perkins (Puritan) (1558–1602), preacher, Elizabethan puritan
  • William T. Perkins, Jr., United States Marine and Medal of Honor recipient

Fictional characters include:

  • Ma Perkins, star of the radio soap opera from 1933 to 1960
  • Perkins, character in the Harry Potter books

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Other articles related to "perkins":

List Of United States Political Families (P) - The Perkins
... Perkins (1912–1984), Kentucky State Representative 1940, Attorney of Knott County, Kentucky U.S ... Perkins ... Perkins (1954-), Kentucky State Representative 1981-1984, U.S ...
Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
... to Fall (in Love with You)" is a 1956 song written by Carl Perkins, Bill Cantrell, and Quinton Claunch ... It was recorded by Carl Perkins in December 1955 and was planned for release as the follow-up to "Blue Suede Shoes" ... Carl and Jay Perkins were on vocals ...
Shane Perkins - Biography - Personal Life
... In February 2008, tension was brewing between Perkins and his rival for Olympic selection, Ryan Bayley ... Bayley crashed when Perkins moved down on him during a race, burning a hole in the back of his skinsuit ... The relationship between the two riders was given another dimension, when Perkins announced his engagement to Bayley's younger sister, Kristine Bayley ...
Laurence Perkins
... Laurence Perkins (born 1954) is a British classical bassoonist ... Since 1974, Perkins has been principal bassoonist of the Manchester Camerata ...

Famous quotes containing the word perkins:

    Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune, or “broken heart,” is excuse for cutting off one’s life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.
    —Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

    When the mother of the race is free, we shall have a better world, by the easy right of birth and by the calm, slow, friendly forces of evolution.
    —Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860–1935)

    I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cut-throat, competitive world in which I spent my life.
    —Anthony Perkins (1932–1992)