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Origins Available: English, Irish
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.
The surname Jennings was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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 497 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1508, 1731, 1819, 1450, 1523, 1499, 1509, 1567, 1591, 1570, 1660, 1619, 1668, 1642, 1668, 1660, 1717, 1710, 1717, 1636, 1693, 1663, 1740, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Jennings History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 347 words (25 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 United States in the 17th Century
- Mary Jennings settled in Maryland 1633
- Mary Jennings, who landed in Maryland in 1633
- Nicholas Jennings, aged 22, landed in New England in 1634
- Jon Jennings, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Richard Jennings, aged 35, landed in Bermuda in 1635
Jennings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Jennings, who landed in Leeward Islands in 1703-1704
Jennings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- George Jennings, who landed in New York in 1826
- Charles Jennings, who arrived in New York in 1835
- Joseph Jennings, who landed in New York in 1835
- Edward Jennings, who landed in New York in 1838
- Catherine Jennings, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1848
Jennings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Christian Jennings, who landed in Pike County, Ind in 1900
Jennings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Benjamin Jennings, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. Thomas Jennings U.E. (b. 1736) born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Grand Lake, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1839
Jennings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Francis Jennings, aged 34, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool
- Sarah Jennings, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool
Jennings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jonathan Jennings, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James William Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- Martha Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839
- John Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
- William Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
Jennings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles Jennings, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Elizabeth Jennings, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- Francis Jennings, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- John Jennings, aged 1 month, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
- William Jennings, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
- William T. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960
- William Sherman Jennings (1863-1920), American Democrat politician, Hernando County Judge, 1888; Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1893-96; Governor of Florida, 1901-05
- William Pat Jennings (1919-1994), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1955-67; Defeated, 1966
- William C. Jennings, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 6th District, 1958, 1960
- William Bryan Jennings, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County; Elected 1936
- William Jennings (1823-1886), American politician, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1882-85
- William Jennings, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1939
- W. T. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
- W. Ronald Jennings, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Virgin Islands, 1994-95
- W. H. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1864
- A Family History by Mildred King Whitten.
- Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
- Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
- Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
- Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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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