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

The Jamin family can find its origins within the landscape of Medieval France, particularly in that coastal region once known as Normandy. Their name is derived from the given name Binyamin, which means the son of the south, comes from The Bible, which tells that Benjamin was the youngest son of Jacob and the father of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.

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Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations of the name Jamin, including Benjamin, Jamin, Jamine, Jaminet, Jamet, Jammet, Jammes, Jamme, Jameton, Jamot and many more.

First found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jamin research. Another 76 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 1696, 1701, 1711, 1723, 1735, 1773, 1850, and 1885 are included under the topic Early Jamin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 128 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jamin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until it fell in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Jamin were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jamin were

Jamin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Peter Jamin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Pierre Jamin, who landed in Louisiana in 1719

Jamin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Heinr Jamin, who arrived in America in 1854
  • Jak Jamin, who landed in America in 1867

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