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Where did the English Jennings family come from? What is the English Jennings family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jennings family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jennings family history?The history of the name Jennings began when it was derived from The name Jennings is derived from the personal name John, or perhaps more accurately from several diminutions of the name John, such as Jan, Jon, or Jen. Patronymic surnames belong to the larger category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames, and they arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. John, of course, is derived from John the Baptist, who was born in order to announce Christ's coming.
There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Jennings, Jenings, Jennins, Jennyns, Jennens, Jennynge, Jennynges, Jenyns and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jennings research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1508, 1567, 1591, 1570, 1660, 1619, 1668, 1642, 1668, 1660, 1717, 1710, 1717, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Jennings History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 239 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jennings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jennings family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jennings arrived in North America very early:
Jennings Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Jennings Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Jennings Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Jennings Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Jennings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jennings Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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