In the late Middle Ages, French families adopted surnames by the thousands. Gennes appeared first in the former province of Anjou
. It was originally 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".
Early Origins of the Gennes family
The surname Gennes was first found in Anjou
, a former county, duchy, and province centred on the city of Angers in the lower Loire Valley of western France.
By the 11th century the family were well established in the region of Anjou and several members were distinctive in their contributions toward the community in which they lived and their efforts were rewarded with lands, titles and letters patent confirming their nobility. Witnessing a donation made by the monks of Marmoutiers, Jean de Gennes, Lord of Gennes, is the first member of the family mentioned in 1095.
In 1144, Etienne de Gennes, Lord of La Motte de Gennes, married Anne de La Faucille and their son, Guillaume, became the Knight of La Motte de Gennes in 1188. Taking part in the Crusades of 1248, Etienne de Gennes, Knight and Lord of La Motte de Gennes, was sent, upon his return, as an Ambassador to the Duke of Bourgogne who authorized the addition of a gold fleur de lys on his Coat of Arms. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.
Early History of the Gennes family
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Gennes 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.
Early Notables of the Gennes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gennes family to the New World and Oceana
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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- ^ Hozier, Charles D, and Antoine Bachelin-Delforenne. État présent De La Noblesse française (1883-1887): Contenant Le Distionnaire De La Noblesse Contemporaine Et Larmorial général De France, Dapres Les Manuscrits De Ch. D Hozier. Librairie Des Bibliophiles, 1884. Print.