The history of the name Gennyns began when it was derived from The name Gennyns is derived from the personal name John,
or perhaps more accurately from several diminutions of the name John,
such as Jan, Jon, or Jen. Patronymic
surnames belong to the larger category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames
, and they arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. John, of course, is derived from John the Baptist, who was born in order to announce Christ's coming.
Early Origins of the Gennyns family
The surname Gennyns was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Gennyns family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gennyns research.Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1508, 1731, 1819, 1450, 1523, 1499, 1509, 1567, 1591, 1570, 1660, 1619, 1668, 1642, 1668, 1660, 1717, 1710, 1717, 1636, 1693, 1663, 1740, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Gennyns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gennyns Spelling Variations
The Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules, and therefore, Breton
surnames have many spelling variations
. Latin and French, which were the official court languages, were also influential on the spelling of surnames. The spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. Therefore, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
after the Norman Conquest
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Jennings, Jenings, Jennins, Jennyns, Jennens, Jennynge, Jennynges, Jenyns and many more.
Early Notables of the Gennyns family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Stephen Jenyns (c.?1450-1523), English wool merchant from Wolverhampton who became Sheriff of London in 1499, before becoming Lord Mayor of London in 1509; Saint Edmund Gennings (1567-1591), an English Catholic martyr, who was executed during the English Reformation; John Gennings (c... Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gennyns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gennyns family to Ireland
Some of the Gennyns family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gennyns family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gennyns were among those contributors: Hannah Jenings who settled in Barbados in 1654 along with John; Thomas Jenings settled in Virginia in 1636; Edward Jennings settled in Virginia in 1643.
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