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Where did the English Genney family come from? What is the English Genney family crest and coat of arms? When did the Genney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Genney family history?

The name Genney reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the personal name John. The feminine name Jenny was initially a masculine form and modification of the personal name Jenin.The Norman name Genney descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy. The family name Genney was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Genney has been recorded under many different variations, including Jenney, Jennie, Jenny, Genny, Gennie, Gynney and others.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bredfield in that shire where they were granted land by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Peter who held his lands from Hervey de Bourges, tenant in chief. The village was rated in the Domesday Book Survey as a village, a Church and 3 oxen or teamlands. There is also a moated site which was known as Bradfield Castle, although the village is Bredfield. The name Jenney was descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Genney research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1330 and 1460 are included under the topic Early Genney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Genney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Genneys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Genney Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Richard Genney, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus Mihi Providebit
Motto Translation: God will provide for me.

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The Genney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Genney 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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