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Genett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The rich and ancient history of the Genett family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the biblical name of Jane. This name was first used in England during the 15th century, and was originally derived from the Old French Jehanne, which also had biblical origins from Johannes.

Early Origins of the Genett family


The surname Genett was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Genett family


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Genett Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Genett have been found, including Janot, Janet, Jonet, Jannet, Janett, Janette, Jannett, Jenet, Jennet, Jenett and many more.

Early Notables of the Genett family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Genett family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Genett, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Jennet, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682. Peter Jannett journeyed to Maryland in 1776 and N. Janett sailed to New York in 1823.

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