The surname Genais was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where the family has held a
since ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Genais research.Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1300, 1422, 1507, 1568, 1614, 1628, 1633, 1671, 1679, 1689, 1696, and 1727 are included under the topic Early Genais History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Ganay settled in Virginia in 1623; as did William Ganey.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non rostro, non ungue
Motto Translation: No beak, no claws