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Where did the English January family come from? What is the English January family crest and coat of arms? When did the January family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the January family history?
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of January include Genewy, Genway, Gannaway, Jennaway, Janaway, January, Jennery, Jeneway, Janoway, Janeway, Janaway and many more.
First found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1218 when Gilbert Genewy held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our January research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early January History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early January Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The January were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
January Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
The January Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The January 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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