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Where did the French Genier family come from? What is the French Genier family crest and coat of arms? When did the Genier family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Genier family history?

In the late Middle Ages, French families adopted surnames by the thousands. Genier appeared first in the former province of Anjou. It was a name for a poultry farmer. It is a southern French diminutive form of the surname Gelinier, which is derived from the Old French word "geline," which means "poultry" or "hens."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gennes, Jennes, Jenness, Genne, Jenne, Genes, Jenes, Des Gennes, Les Gennes, Les Jennes, Des Jennes and many more.

First found in Anjou, a former county, duchy and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Genier research. Another 415 words(30 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1144, 1188, 1248, 1346, 1472, 1473, 1578, 1654, and 1730 are included under the topic Early Genier History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Genier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Lewis Jennes, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1840.

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The Genier Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Genier 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:36.

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