Gemmett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The name Gemmett originated with the Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan. The surname Gemmett referred to the son of John or Joan which belongs to the category of patronymic or metronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Gemmett family
The surname Gemmett was first found in Yorkshire where Willelmus filius Jonet was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1297. A few years later, again in Yorkshire Jonot (surname only) was listed in 1308 and later again, Robert and Simon Janot were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. 
Early History of the Gemmett family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gemmett research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1356, 1596, 1678, 1596, 1661, 1649 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Gemmett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gemmett Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Gemmett has appeared include Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Gemmett family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include William Jemmat (1596?-1678), English Puritan divine, born about 1596, and a "descendant of a well-to-do family settled at Reading, Berkshire, was, according to Wood, the son of a former mayor of the town. No Jemmat, however, appears as mayor...
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Migration of the Gemmett family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Gemmett arrived in North America very early: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)