Jeune History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Jeune family

The surname Jeune was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands, Etienne de Gennes, a Norman of Anjou, from whom was descended Ettiennes de Gennes, Lord of Le Motte de Geenes in 1144 and who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Jeune family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeune research. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600 and 1401 are included under the topic Early Jeune History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jeune Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Jeune are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jeune include Jennes, Jenne, Jenn, Jeune, LaJeune, Chenn, Genn, Genne, Gens and many more.

Early Notables of the Jeune family (pre 1700)

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Jeune migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Jeune, or a variant listed above:

Jeune Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Jeune, aged 28, who landed in Louisiana in 1719 [2]
  • C Jacques Jeune, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Henrie Jeune, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750 [2]
  • Henrie Jeune, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1750
Jeune Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B. J. L. Jeune, who arrived in Boston in 1820

Contemporary Notables of the name Jeune (post 1700)

  • Reginald Jeune, British Solicitor of the Royal Court of Jersey

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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