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

In the late Middle Ages, French families adopted surnames by the thousands. lesGennes appeared first in the former province of Anjou. It was a name for a poultry farmer. It is a southern French diminutive form of the surname Gelinier, which is derived from the Old French word "geline," which means "poultry" or "hens."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gennes, Jennes, Jenness, Genne, Jenne, Genes, Jenes, Des Gennes, Les Gennes, Les Jennes, Des Jennes and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lesGennes research. Another 415 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1144, 1188, 1248, 1346, 1472, 1473, 1578, 1654, and 1730 are included under the topic Early lesGennes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lesGennes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lewis Jennes, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840.

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  10. De Ville, Winston. Gulf Coast Colonials, A Compendium of French Families in Early Eighteenth Century Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Clearfield, 1999. Print.
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The lesGennes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The lesGennes 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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