Although now particularly identified with Wales, it is in England that the earliest records of the proud name of Jenkins appear.
Many of its bearers have achieved renown at international level in the world of entertainment, while others have risen to prominence in other endeavours and pursuits ranging from sport to politics.
Born in the small Welsh village of Pontrhydyfen in 1925, Richard Walter Jenkins was the award-winning actor better known by his stage name of Richard Burton; married and divorced twice to fellow Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor, his screen credits include the 1953 The Rose, the 1966 Whose Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and, from 1969, Anne of the Thousand Days.
From the stage to music, Katherine Jenkins is the internationally acclaimed Welsh mezzo-soprano whose best-selling albums include Premiere, Living a Dream and From the Heart.
Chronicled here are the stirring and colourful lives and times of bearers of the Jenkins name.