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The name ESKINS appears in north Gloucestershire in the late eighteenth century and is most probably a variant. A lease, made out in the name of HESKINS, contains the names of a couple who are called ESKINS elsewhere.
The first vowel can be altered to give the names: HASKINS, HISKINS, HOSKINS and HUSKINS. Occasionally these appear as mis-spellings of HESKINS.
HOSKINS is found in Cornwall and south Wales, HASKINS in Dorset and Somerset.
Older documents sometimes have HESKYNS, definitely a variant.
HESKIN is separate name, based on a place near Eccleston in Lancashire.
One source gives the explanation that the name derives from Old Welsh for 'sedgy bog'.
Another suggests that it is a diminutive of the forename 'Os', but this seems to fit HOSKINS rather better.
I wonder if there is a connection with Arnulf de HESLIN, a Norman who was granted land in Gloucestershire, as well as elsewhere, after the conquest.